FS picture looks bleak

2017-06-07 06:01

The Free State, with the highest unemployment rate in South Africa at 35,5%, presents a gloomy picture of inhabitants trapped in inequality and poverty.

This is shown by Statistics South Africa’s quarterly labour force survey for the first quarter of 2017, which was released on 1 June.

According to Statistics South Africa the country’s unemployment rate has increased to 27,7% in the first quarter of 2017, up from 26,5% in the previous period.

It is the first time since the first quarter of 2004 that the unemployment rate has risen faster than the rate of employment.

According to Statistics South Africa, the number of employed persons in the Free State has increased by 10 000 from 757 000 in the first quarter of 2017 to the current 767 000.

The province’s inability to turn around the socio-econo-mic situation has received a mixed response, with the Free State government expressing some confidence, as opposed to opposition parties.

Tiisetso Makhele, spokesperson of Premier Ace Magashule, says the premier is satisfied with the increase in employment as per the Quarterly Labour Force Survey Report for the first quarter of 2017.

“The premier believes that this increase in the number of employed persons, though minimal, is an indication that the province’s radical economic transformation programme is beginning to bear fruit.

“The developments also show that the private sector is showing confidence in the economy,” says Makhele.

He said the challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality are sensitive “and should be a source of concern to us all”.

“Political parties are urged not to use issues of unemployment for scoring political points. It is regrettable that, in playing political games with such a sensitive matter, the DA has quoted flawed statistics on the employment trends, incorrectly stating that the province lost 19 000 jobs in the first quarter of 2017. This information is false and nothing but political propaganda.”

According to Dr Roy Jankielsohn, DA leader in the Free State legislature, the rising unemployment rate translated to 41,7% (expanded definition).

“This bleak economic outlook is a direct result of the ANC government’s disastrous management of the economy.

“The total Free State labour force is recorded at 1 188 million. Out of these, 421 000 individuals are unable to find work, while 88 000 persons have given up looking for a job altogether,” says Jankielsohn.

The survey also further revealed Free State municipalities’ inability to revive employment or economic growth prospects. Statistics South Africa reported that the unemployment rate remained virtually unchanged in the Mangaung Metro Municipality.

The Metro Municipality now administers Bloemfontein, Botshabelo, Thaba Nchu, Soutpan, Dewetsdorp, Wepener and Van Stadensrus.

Statistics South Africa revealed that the Mangaung Metro is one of the three metros in South Africa, along with the City of Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay, which have failed to register growth in employment, unlike all metro municipalities in the country, which managed to register some employment.

The latest findings regarding the municipalities in the Free State come against the backdrop of a survey by Statistics South Africa which revealed that the Free State municipalities had the highest percentage of posts that were unoccupied in 2016. The survey was conducted as part of investigations into causes of widespread protest over poor service delivery.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

/Sport
 

Chocolate can be fatal for dogs

Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine that is similar to caffeine and is toxic to dogs at certain levels.

 
 

Paws

Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Do you know what you are feeding your dog?
Watch: Proof animals have souls
Would you clone your pet?
Traffic Alerts
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.