The Quarterly Labour Force Survey released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) today, shows no real movement in the labour market. Unemployment has remained constant at 24.9% compared to 25.2% reported in the previous quarter.
What will it take for government to start taking our jobs crisis seriously? When is President Zuma going to cut through the policy paralysis that keeps so many South Africans out of work?
It is time for the President to make some bold decisions about the jobs crisis. His government can’t keep muddling through with no clear and unequivocal strategy to create jobs.
This weekend the DA released its Plan for Growth and Jobs. It sets out what is wrong with our economy and how we would fix it. If elected to national government, the DA would fast track economic growth and job creation by bringing marginalised South Africans into the productive economy.
Central to our vision is a state that provides an enabling environment for job creation by ensuring access to labour markets, credit and skills. Our plan will lower the barriers to entry in the labour market and enable millions of South Africans to become active contributing members of our economy.
Specific job creating policy proposals outlined in the plan include:
We challenge President Zuma to take a leaf out of our book. He needs to become as obsessed about job creation and poverty reduction as we are. If he does not, 6.7 million South Africans will remain unemployed and without hope.