Down with fiefdoms: creating jobs is a task for all state ...


Down with fiefdoms: creating jobs is a task for all state departments

When this happens it will be the strongest signal yet that the unemployment crisis is being attended to

Ayabonga Cawe

Statistician-general Risenga Maluleke was a busy man last week, telling the nation what many have known for some time: that the crisis level of unemployment in SA has actually got worse. Much worse.

The situation is now comparable to 2008, deep in the throes of the 2007/8 financial crisis. It is another indicator that this is not a “cyclical” crisis from which the country could emerge given better global demand conditions, but a structural and endemic feature of SA life.

Wits academics David Francis and Imraan Valodia have suggested there is a “silver lining” – that the rise in unemployment in the second quarter can be attributed not to a huge decline in those actually employed in the second quarter, but to a 150,000-strong increase in the economically active population. ..

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