employment thumb100 The Citizen reports that according to a labour expert, close to 400,000 jobs must be created per year, with both the government and the private sector playing active roles in the process, or the country will face many more strikes.  

Innovative Staffing Solutions managing director Arnoux Mare said strikes such as Wednesday’s national mass action by trade union federation Cosatu could not be avoided unless unemployment was reduced.  Such strikes inconvenienced both the public and private sectors, devastated the economy and affected investment prospects.  Instead of helping to end unemployment, strikes worsened it, because employers were put under duress due to loss of profits.  This would, in turn, would result in many employers considering retrenchments.  Mare said President Cyril Ramaphosa’s promise to create more than 270,000 jobs a year was not enough to make a dent in the unemployment rate.  “The country needs to create between 350,000 and 400,000 jobs per year in order to keep the nation at work.  The private sector, especially entrepreneurs, are the biggest creators of jobs and they must look at how to do more to solve joblessness in the country.”  Labour lawyer and partner at Hogan Lovells SA, Osborne Molatudi, said the Cosatu strike was a clear political statement to the government that it had to do something about unemployment.  Presently, 6.1-million people are without jobs in SA, while there are 2.9-million discouraged job seekers.

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