unemployment

Poor Whites Encouraged to Apply for RDP Houses

The Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing has encouraged impoverished white people to get their names onto housing lists and apply for one of the RDP houses being built by the provincial or local housing departments.
 
MEC Humphrey Mmemezi says that all South Africans who are forced to endure poverty must apply for government subsidies irrespective of their historical background.
 

Call to Link Youth Wage Subsidy to Training and Skills

Trade Union, Federated Union of South Africa (FEDUSA) says that the government should link its proposed youth wage subsidy to training and skills programmes to prevent exploitation and increase young people's chances of finding work.

FEDUSA secretary-general, Krister Janse van Rensburg, points out that South African schools operate in a two-tier system - some performed at international standards, and others just scraped pupils through, with around 2.4 million youths not working, training or studying.

South Africa: Are we all free this Freedom Day?

To those who were not part of the struggle for freedom, you might not understand the painful joy that filled South Africans on 27 April 1994. It was like a butterfly setting free from its cocoon, struggling to be free so that it may experience the radiance of the sun on its colourful back. It was not easy but it was worth it. South Africans pushed till the day they flapped their wings and felt the element of freedom, a South Africa for all.

Proposed Anti-Labour Legislation

If the South African government wishes to resolve this country’s unemployment problem, it must allow citizens to be adults and to have the freedom to negotiate their own terms of employment. Legislating people into employment cannot solve the unemployment problem. If the proposed amendments announced by newly appointed Minister of Labour, Nelisiwe Oliphant, at the final cabinet meeting of 2010 are passed, they will exacerbate this unacceptable, economy-killing and soul-destroying situation.

ANC Job Creation Targets Unrealistic – SAIRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says the African National Congress’ (ANC) job creation targets are unrealistic as many of the sectors earmarked for creating employment have been shedding jobs for years.
 
The organisation says that ANC secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, identified ‘mining output and beneficiation’ as a sector in which 140 000 jobs will be created by 2020.
 

Economic Recovery Not Creating Jobs, Says ILO

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says a faltering and uneven increase in jobs is holding back economic recovery, and unemployment is likely to continue at near records this year.

IOL notes that weak job creation is particularly devastating for young people, and official figures understate the true number of unemployed as many have given up looking for work.
 

AIDC Warns: NGP? Do Not Repeat the Tragedy of GEAR as a Farce!

The Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC) welcomes that the government’s New Growth Path (NGP) document recognises the hard facts about mass joblessness, poverty and inequality in South Africa. A new economic policy is indeed necessary and the NGP document correctly points to how the global crisis has opened up “new policy space” for a country like South Africa to “go beyond conventional policy prescriptions”.

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