unemployment

SA Urged to Create More Jobs

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that South Africa aims to create five million jobs by 2020 but has only managed to create 624 000 in the last decade.

In a press statement, SAIRR points out that, "The data, which is sourced from Statistics South Africa, shows that total employment has increased by an average of only 0.5 percent a year since 2001."

SAIRR researcher, Lucy Holborn, says that the rate of job creation will need to rise nearly 10 times to meet the government's job creation targets.

Call for Vision 2030 to Start ‘Now’

The Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, says that it is necessary to immediately start addressing the contents outlined in the National Development Plan 2030 document and not wait until the targeted year.

Addressing a business breakfast in Johannesburg, Manuel, who is also chairperson of the National Planning Commission, pointed out that it is also important to recognise while we talking of vision 2030, it is not deferring decisions to 2030.

Labour: Time for Government to Start Listening

The Free Market Foundation (FMF) published an article more than a year ago saying that it was crisis time in South Africa. The country’s greatest crisis lies in the large-scale unemployment that is causing havoc in the lives of millions of people. The situation has not improved. In fact, it is being made worse by deliberate actions that result in more people being unemployed.

Dept Employs 728 Graduates in One Year

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture says that more than 700 jobless youths have been hired this year to work as agricultural assistant officers.

The department spokesperson, Ncumisa Mafunda, points out that these graduates have diplomas and degrees in agriculture and environmental services.

Mafunda says that, “We have created 728 jobs for the unemployed youth this year to work as agricultural extension officers."

395 000 Jobs Lost in 2010 - Stats SA

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says that about 395 000 jobs were lost in 2010 compared to the previous year.

Stats SA deputy director general for population and social statistics, Kefiloe Masiteng, points out that, “This indicates the country has not yet fully recovered from the economic downturn in 2009."

It says jobs in the formal sector shrunk by 3.5 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year, adding that employment in the informal sector grew by 1.4 percent.

CDE Supports Govt’s Proposed Wage Subsidy

South African think-tank, the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has thrown its weight behind National Treasury’s proposed wage subsidies for the youth.

CDE executive director, Ann Bernstein, points out that her organisation supports the government in implementing the new wage subsidy, adding that, “In an imperfect world we would say it would be a tragedy if this modest experiment were to be abandoned.”

Call for Govt to Monitor Youth Projects

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has called on the government to increase monitoring to ensure that projects aimed at empowering youth deliver the desired results.

NYDA chairperson, Andile Lungisa, points out that young people make up the majority of the population, but are the most affected by unemployment and underdevelopment, despite the government's commitments to include youth in skills development and job creation.

EC is South Africa’s Poorest Province

A new report by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on poverty in the Eastern Cape has revealed widespread poverty despite attempts to improve the lives of the poor.

According to the study, jointly undertaken with the Africa Strategic Research Corporation on behalf of the provincial department of social development, about 27 percent of the province’s population is unemployed.

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