unemployment

Harambee: Bridging Case Managers

Harambee is a leading youth career non-profit organisation that seeks to address youth unemployment through partnerships with local companies. The organisation works with employers who identify jobs and commit to taking first time employees into entry level roles.

Harambee seeks to appoint Bridging Case Managers, based in Western Cape.

The persons will support and mentor young adults as they progress through Harambee’s three-month bridging programme. There are also opportunities for an Administrator and Sourcing staff.

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Final Version of NDP Released in Parliament

Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, has released the final version of the National Development Plan (NDP) in Parliament.

Manual says that the main aim of the plan is to grow the number of employed people from 11 million to 24 million by 2030.

"In the early years, emphasis will be on absorbing the unemployed, especially young people, into economic activity," the plan says.

SA Laws Not to Blame for Increasing Unemployment

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says that labour market regulations in South Africa are not to blame for the country’s high unemployment.

ILO Southern Africa director, Vic van Vuuren, identified education challenges, a skills mismatch, an inadequate focus on entrepreneurship and small business, as well as the economic slowdown, as the main contributing factors to unemployment.

ILO Urges SA to Introduce Youth Wage Subsidy

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) believes South Africa should immediately introduce the youth wage subsidy - in some sectors of the economy - to test if it would yield results.

IOL deputy director for Decent Work Team for Southern and East Africa, Joni Musabayana, points out that, the youth wage subsidy was successful in many countries.

Musabayana says as part of its ‘decent work’ campaign the ILO is working with government to turn job opportunities in the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) into productive jobs.

Mandela Day: Time for the Next Generation to Take Control

The season of the ‘imbongi’, our traditional praise singers, is upon us. July 18th is the 94th birthday of our founding father, and South Africans and foreign admirers alike will take 67 minutes on that day to commit to a good cause – each minute representing a year Nelson Mandela spent in active politics. But, while we commemorate the birthday of Madiba, his legacy has not survived as it should. Something is broken in our beautiful land.

Zuma to Highlight Unemployment at Job Summit

The plight of the unemployed will once again come under the spotlight when President Jacob Zuma delivers a keynote address at a national jobs summit, which takes place in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal.

The summit, which is hosted by the Department of Labour, is expected to provide opportunities for work-seekers to meet with prospective employers in the public and private sectors.

SA Warned Against Job Seekers Grant

According to an editorial on the Business Day website, job seeker’s grant cannot substitute for measures that make it easier for businesses to create jobs, or replace improving skills and education or labour market reforms as policy.

It says it the proposed youth wage subsidy is to be swept aside and replaced with a job seeker’s grant, it will be a tragedy for business, the unemployed and the fiscus.

It further argues that ‘another grant’ will not solve the problem of unemployment, and it will run a real risk of pushing state expenditure up to an unsustainable level.

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