PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Mmatu Mzaidume
 
Comments: 6
Article views: 364
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Mmatu Mzaidume's badges.
 

To the minister of labour

08 August 2013, 15:47

Dear Minister

Kind greetings to you and your department.

I was compelled to write this letter due to a growing anxiety about the future of our country and my fellow South Africans. Our economy is facing major challenges or storms which are coming from all directions. Your government has the unenviable task of trying to address the imbalances of the past while trying to keep the economy intact with a view to ultimately growing it.

The boom times of the early 2000s helped a lot and did much for the creation of a sustainable, black, middle class. Many of us got jobs, cars and houses for the first time. We got access to credit and due to suppressed desires, emanating from our deprived past, we over-extended ourselves. That was alright because with steady jobs we could pay off our debts over time.

The economy has since turned for the worst. South Africa is now ranked in the bottom-10 economies in Africa in terms of economic growth. We see imminent retrenchments in the mining and retail industries. We have had retrenchments in the banking industry. Worse is still to come because the global economy is still struggling and it is expected to struggle for some time. This is happening at a time when people are highly indebted and are increasingly losing the means to service those debts. The double-blow to the economy is that consumers stop spending and qualified workers can no longer get work because they get black listed.

In the context of our developing economy this is tragic. We desperately need skills and we need growth. Local and international commentators have often labeled our labour laws as ‘inflexible’ and ‘obtrusive’. I have no strong views on the matter because I understand where they are coming from and I understand what government’s mandate is. My goal with this letter is to point out this seemingly unfortunate and yet unnecessary trap that more and more able bodied South Africans are falling into.

I therefore ask that the Minister relook at the labour law provisions that prevent indebted, overburdened and blacklisted workers from getting jobs. I ask that people, who are able, be given a chance to get back into permanent employment and thus be able to pay off their debts while making a meaningful contribution to our struggling economy.

Mmatu Mzaidume

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
6 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Holly
Hard, hot rage at our politicians

What is happening in Parliament is a mirror of the anger and frustration of the people of South Africa. Read more...

18 comments 783 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Wisdom

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Read more...

3 comments 90 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Meditation

 Read more...

5 comments 114 views
Submitted by
SharksterII
O demon, where art thou?

 Read more...

11 comments 292 views
Submitted by
Pierre Willemse
Springboks vs Italy - Preview

There was a common expectation right after the England test that Heyneke Meyer will make wholesale changes to the starting line up to face Italy. Read more...

2 comments 855 views
Submitted by
Michael Mnguni898
Bafana vs Super Eagles

I watched the game between South Africa with a combination of both excitement and anxiety from the first whistle to the last.  Read more...

7 comments 720 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off ALL TV Series

Choose from 1000’s of the hottest TV Series . While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.