NGO Creates 70 000 Jobs

Not many companies in South Africa, and even fewer non-governmental organisations (NGOs), can lay claim to a contribution of more than 70 000 jobs created and over R5.6 billion contributed to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

According to an article titled, ‘NGO creates 70 000 jobs’ on iafrica.com website, the  Tourism Enterprise Partnership, widely known as TEP, is possibly the only NGO that cannot only make this claim, but have had it independently audited and verified by SizweNtsalubaGobodo.

Poverty Rife in Sasolburg, Says SAIRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that half the residents of the Metsimaholo Local Municipality - where Zamdela is located - earn less than R400 a month.
Residents from the township, in Sasolburg in the Free State, were protesting against plans to merge Sasolburg with the Ngwathe Local Municipality, under which Parys falls.

South Africa’s ‘Exceptional Unemployment’: Is Tax the Silver Bullet?

In August 2012, economist Chris Hart made headlines by classifying South Africa’s unemployment levels as ‘exceptional’. As reported in this paper, he compared the unemployment situation here to the employment success story of Brazil, and counselled that taxation policies, not labour laws, were to blame for our persistent unemployment problem.

Supporting Self-Employed Farmers

According to latest statistics 19.4 percent of South African households have inadequate or severely inadequate access to food. With the current economic situation, high unemployment and increasing food prices, providing for the basic needs of a family is becoming more and more difficult for many people around the world, including millions of South Africans. A growing global population makes the situation even more complicated. By 2050, some experts think there might not be enough food for everyone.

Research Focuses on Why Youth in Jobless Crisis

A research project commissioned by the Centre for Development and Enterprise has found that young people who cannot find work are losing out on opportunities to expand and strengthen their skills.
The research has also found that this increased the likelihood that the millions of South African unemployed youth become disconnected from the rest of society.
It says there is evidence that those who did not finish high school were three times less likely to find work than those who completed matric.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Commemorated

Youth entrepreneurs in Cape Town have joined like-minded young people from around the world in the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) programme currently under way in the city.

The initiative, which is in place in 117 countries, drives a wide range of programmes to develop, enhance and encourage young people's involvement in enterprise creation with the aim of reducing unemployment among the youth of the world.

Economic Deficiencies Blamed for Rising Unemployment

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has acknowledged that problems in the structure of the economy are contributing to the country's high unemployment rate.

The figures released by Stats SA show that South Africa's unemployment rate increased to 25.5 percent in the third quarter from 24.9 percent.

According to Stats SA deputy director-general, Kefiloe Masiteng, the increase is largely due to the lack of employment creation in sectors such as mining, private households and trade.

Employment Scarce Among Blacks

According to Census 2011, employment among black Africans remains scarce, with black women having the highest rate of unemployment and the lowest employment opportunities.

Official unemployment for black women stands at 41.2 percent, but the expanded definition of unemployment puts the rate for black women at almost 53 percent.

It also found that unemployment is lowest among white men and women respectively, while Indians/Asians have the second lowest rate of unemployment, with coloureds coming in third.

Unemployment Higher Than Before Financial Crisis

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says that there are now 30 million more people without jobs around the world than before the global financial crisis began.

ILO director-general, Guy Ryder, points out that global unemployment is still more than 30 million higher than before the crisis, adding that nearly 40 million more women and men have stopped looking for work.


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