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employment thumb100 Independent News reports that Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says that President Cyril Ramaphosa's economic recovery plan, to be tabled by the president in Parliament on Thursday, will deal with the rising unemployment in the country.  

Nxesi was answering questions from MPs in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday on Covid-19 relief schemes.  But MPs were concerned that according to the latest figures from Statistics South Africa an additional 2.2m people had lost their jobs in the second quarter and wanted to know if Ramaphosa would address that issue.  Nxesi would not give details, but said this would form part of the recovery plan to be unveiled by Ramaphosa in the joint sitting of Parliament.  “I can say that the Presidency has consulted fully with all sections of government as well as all partners at Nedlac and indeed all partners; business, labour and community were specifically invited to make proposals.  From my side, I would add that in addition to the stimulus measures, there are plans for mass unemployment measures, but let us wait for the president to pronounce on that," said Nxesi.  He added that Covid-19 had caught the country and the world off guard.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard Siyabonga Mkhwanazi at Independent News

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