'A solution' to unemployment

2011-02-14 15:06

The biggest challenge facing South Africa is the lack of employment opportunities for about 24% of working age and willing to work population. Details reveal that the majority of unemployed is youth.

Analysts have shown that a large part of unemployment is structural largely owed to historic events; this has been evident when unemployment failed to decline meaningful when gross domestic product (GDP) which measures output growth was growing above trend. Admittedly, there is cyclical component owed to recession and downturn of the business cycle.

Against the backdrop of stubbornly high unemployment as measured by Statistics South Africa, government under the leadership of President Jacob Zuma has dedicated 2011 as the year of employment creation. Cynics have argued that this is a political ploy to lure or keep unemployed as ANC constituency. This argument follows the fact that South Africa would be conducting municipality elections in 2011.

I am, however, of the view that government is indeed committed to slash unemployment, although the road to the promise land still lack a clear view, with specific reference to new growth path strategy.

When President Jacob Zuma delivered the state of the nation address, he deliberated on the road path to jobs creation. The proposed R9bn dedicated to employment creation and R20bn allocated for tax subsidies/holidays on investments for manufacturing firms were all necessary steps in the right direction.

However, inability of South African government to implement well architecture plan is a course for concern.  While government is trying to wrestle with the scotches of high unemployment rate and poverty, but I think the government, private businesses, trade unions and the society at large should reach consensus about the best way to reign on unemployment and poverty.

While I think incentives for manufacturing firms is a step to the right direction, but the bigger emphasis of government should be at awaking entrepreneurial spirit in the country. South Africa has numerous MBA students who by definition are masters of business administration but they are employed as analysts, consultants' etc.

In actual fact these people should be running their firms. Somehow, the mindset of South Africans both white and black is that of getting a stable and well paying job. We need to encourage entrepreneurial culture and set up relevant institutions to support aspiring entrepreneurs. I am not referring to tenderpreneurs currently running the show with no solid strategic vision to sustain their businesses but only backed by powerful politicians.

We have institutions of higher learning that are highly recognised in business, even by international rankings, why not leverage on our current strengths. The solution to unemployment and poverty is not determined by the amount of grants and foreign aids but the lasting solution is on awaking/equipping South Africans with the ability to create their sustainable business.  

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  • Mike Webber - 2011-02-14 15:12

    In principle I agree with you. Just a note: your English needs a little work.

      Sir Halfwise - 2011-02-14 15:17

      Some of us English is not our mother tongue so give a guy a break.

      Nicola - 2011-02-14 15:22

      Ahhh, common now Mike. Try speaking his language and see how stupid you'll sound.

      sibusiso.j.mahlangu - 2011-02-14 15:29

      Just a note: your English needs a little work. Ag come on mike, you really didnt have to say that man !!!!!

      fullmoon1 - 2011-02-14 15:39

      yet you call yourself, sir, as if of English descent which defies logic and flies in the face of common sense...oh, wait, sorry, forgot who I was communicating with.

      Stryder - 2011-02-14 15:46

      Well done, did you struggle to understand the points? Nope. So what a stupid comment, but well done for proving your superior command of the English language over someone who has actually made the effort to write in a universal language that is not necessarily his own. I would love to see you write a piece in Zulu. Pompous twit!

      Mike Webber - 2011-02-14 16:00

      Missing the point ppl. Nowhere did I criticize the content or the writing itself. Point being, I won't attempt to write anything in Zulu or any other language for that matter because I'm simply not qualified. However if you CHOOSE to write in the public domain, then you're open, or should be, to scrutiny, ridicule and guidance. I never attacked the man, I made a valid observation. If you wanna write English, then do it properly, or don't write. ESPECIALLY if it's for public consumption.

      Gaddafi - 2011-02-14 16:17

      @mike webber: the subject is A solution to unemployment NOT English! anyway, english is not a measure of intelligence!

      Leeutjie - 2011-02-15 02:46

      So Mike you are saying that if someone is not able to be 100% correct in english they must not give their opinion??? Fokof dan in afrikaans.

      cervezab - 2011-02-15 07:34

      @Mike - If you write a book or a spoke person in english, then yes, I will expect a proper english, but this is news24, and if I can understand it, then it qualifies as english to me. So why don't you worry less about the quality of someone else's language skills and worry more about giving a proper comment and not attacking the person (yes, his language skills is attacking him not the content)

      TheNewSA - 2011-02-15 08:34

      LOL you people make me laugh, this is an article about a solution to job creation and out the gates we have only comments about the authors English ability.

      Nicola - 2011-02-15 09:19

      Mike, when someone makes an effort to speak to you in your language (instead of using their own), you should be grateful, not critical. African languages are expressed in a completely different way to English. The rules of isiZulu, for example, are less random and inconsistent than English (more logical, actually). They also place a far greater emphasis on making words flow together harmoniously, almost like music. You have to be completely in tune with the language to understand what it being said because one MINOR change in the pronunciation of a word (like adding a "k" sound to a word, in barely a whisper) can completely change the meaning of the entire sentence. Give it a try, Mike. It will humble you and make you realise that at least most African and Afrikaans people have the brains to learn different languages, whereas many of us English don't bother to use ours.

      Styvies - 2011-02-15 13:25

      In any case, its nots the authors fault that there are spelling errors on this platform...news24 should do basic proof reading on all of is content before it is published. The number of errors i see here on a normal day are staggering!

      sibusiso.j.mahlangu - 2011-02-15 15:11

      you made a USELESS observation !!!...dont try to be smart here. Mcim.

  • SimonP - 2011-02-14 15:17

    Once again we see the karaoke clown promise millions of jobs with no clearly defined methodology. Once again his promise will fall flat. Of this R9bn, I wonder how much will strangely go missing.

      SimonP - 2011-02-14 15:35

      Yer it makes me sick too, watching millions of people fall for the same old tricks again and again. Truth hurts doesnt it.

      Vedder - 2011-02-14 15:42

      Halfwise is still waiting for his job

      Kiff - 2011-02-14 16:12

      @ Halfwit. Sh@t running into rivers & polluted water in mines is probably what is making you sick. Planning has never been one of this government's strong points. For the other of us, yes the truth is really sickning

      Boerseun - 2011-02-14 17:29

      I bet all will land in ANC pckets, iether through corruption or in businesses started or owned by ANC members or cronies.

      seriass - 2011-02-15 07:23

      halfwise you make us ALL sick so we are even! now go away let us talk

      seriass - 2011-02-15 07:24

      halfwise as pointed out above your name "SIR" is of english status, are you showing your alliance to the crown or just have an identity crisis hmmmm playing both side of the fence me thinks!!

  • kingoftomorr - 2011-02-14 15:19

    R u not old enough to know that politicians lie, it’s what they do, so please stop banking on them saving us. JZ and his buddies are interested in 1 thing, and that’s getting your money into their pockets, not the states pockets, the ANC pockets, don’t forget that bro. the quicker we realize this and get them out the quicker real change and good for ALL can come in.

      serious - 2011-02-14 15:46

      "All politicians lie" even the ones in the western cape.

      shawntx10 - 2011-02-14 16:24

      Luckily the ones in the WC are not making promises that they can't keep now are they!

      TheNewSA - 2011-02-15 08:36

      Agreed, but until the masses start realising that, we have no chance. I believe the ANC will do their best to keep the masses uneducated, notice how the tax incentive is for manufacturing jobs, (which require minimum education). The less educateed the population is, the easier it will be to get them to vote for you when the free t shirt and chicken comes around.

  • Sir Halfwise - 2011-02-14 15:20

    The problem is that we have too many unemployable people with no skills at all.

      SimonP - 2011-02-14 15:23

      And why is that Halfwise? Who gets the blame for allowing education and training to fall into disrepair?

      the C - 2011-02-14 15:31

      sir halfwise - you have just made a statement that i agree with - i am astounded! you are quite correct. Now i need to add something here.... i anticipate your next school of suggestion to be that the white man did not teach the blacks the same as he did his own people, so it was unfair, and now you sit with 85% of unemployable rural people who have no idea what exchange rates, economies, purchasing power, FDI, maths, etc are about - but i need to ask you one thing - lets go right back to the day that the white man stood on the shores of Europe.... and the black man stood on the shores on africa - who taught the white man? who taught the white man to build space rockets, harvest food, create the internet, make cars, telephones, clothing, aeroplanes etc - you know the list. who taught the white guy? HIMSELF. whyis it black Africa cannot teach itself to even feed itself? eish - de white man was not teaching us de same as himself.....

      Sir Halfwise - 2011-02-14 15:47

      the C.. If its about race, I have no comment. Its 2011 for F&*^ sake.

      jobs12002 - 2011-02-14 15:51

      And the ones who have jobs dont do it they sit on this site 8 hrs a day

      SimonP - 2011-02-14 16:23

      If its about race you have no comment! How strange it is normally you who brings race into everything. I think you ave no comment because you cany answer the questions put to you.

      rugdusty - 2011-02-14 16:26

      Exactly ! And thanks to the lowering standards of education many of them will stay that way ... What we need is for the youth (grade 8 -12 ) to stand up and complain about the falling standards and demand more difficult subjects etc. Chances of that happening are slim ... I don't recall any of the class clowns ever standing up and demanding more work ...if anyone did they were labeled a nerd and told to shut up. higher standards need to be enforced , and the youth need to put their head down and work bloody hard ...

      Sir Halfwise - 2011-02-14 17:27

      The other problem that we are facing as country is that those who did not vote for ANC are expecting too much from it. And they end up going on creating assumption and lies that ANC cant gorvern, the marjority cant be wrong about ANC. As Poloyatonki once said, ANC gave me my freedom what else do i need.

      Boerseun - 2011-02-14 17:30

      The problem is that poplation growth is outa control. Your president is a sick example of this.

      Sir Halfwise - 2011-02-14 17:55

      Boerseun.. Thats his culture me and you must respect it, he is our President.

      SimonP - 2011-02-14 18:03

      "The majority cant be wrong", they think they are right because the ANC lies to them. Do you think promising voters they will go to heaven if they vote ANC is the truth or a lie? You can respect Zuma all you like, I will never respect, a lying, thieving, corrupt, court dodging buffoon.

      Bill - 2011-02-14 18:06

      No halfwise, With all due respect, you quickly sidestepped the valid points the C made, by suddenly bringing race into the argument, so as to not have to answer his reply to you. Done so, simply because you were unable to answer it with a justifiable valid response. What The C said, was a perfectly valid and to the point example of historical fact.

      TheNewSA - 2011-02-15 08:39

      How can it still be about race?? Its been 17 years now of no white rule, thats almost a whole generation. If the ANC had run this country properly from the start, the education systems, jobs and houses would exist and we'd all be happy and South Africa would be an even greater country. Its 17 years now, the race card expired long ago...

      TheNewSA - 2011-02-15 08:41

      How can it still be about race?? Its been 17 years now of no white rule, thats almost a whole generation. If the ANC had run this country properly from the start, the education systems, jobs and houses would exist and we'd all be happy and South Africa would be an even greater country. Its 17 years now, the race card expired long ago...

  • the C - 2011-02-14 15:21

    I agree with you on entrepreneurship being key - but hand in hand with that is the changing of a mindset from entitlement and victim mentality, to self awareness, independence and ownership of tomorrow. The white man will not always just hand you things. Give a man a fish, and he eats for one day - teach him how to fish (or he could learn himself like whites do) and he will eat for the rest of his life.

      Frungy - 2011-02-15 03:50

      C, I beg to disagree with both you and the author. The fact is that an international survey revealed that South African business is amongst the worst managed in the world, ranking 44th out of 54 countries surveyed (I believe the survey was quoted People Dynamics, around 2001, although I can't recall the exact issue number off the top of my head). What this means is that MBA consultants shouldn't be trying to reinvent the wheel by engaging in risky entrepreneurial enterprises, but should rather continue as they are, helping to fix the businesses that are already (to a greater or lesser degree) working and established. Logically this is a better utilisation of these highly skilled individuals' talents. Remember that being an entrepreneur is not merely a matter of having a certain skillset, but also a certain personality and attitude towards risk. Many MBA graduates lack this attitude and would be lousy entrepreneurs. In short the author of this article completely fails to comprehend the very basics of management, that certain people are best suited to certain jobs, and the trick is not forcing a square peg into a round hole, but rather matching the right person to the right job.

  • jobs12002 - 2011-02-14 15:24

    Hey wait a minute your president is stil 500 K jobs in the rear here. How about people stop breeding as if they all billionares ? Zim doller ones excluded !

  • Dave - 2011-02-14 15:24

    I agree with the jist of your comment, but truth be told, have grave reservations about its execution, i think we have heard enough empty promises. But we would be on the right track with wealth creation instead of wealth distribution. Of great concern however is where this money is coming from? R29bn has to come from soemwhere and it hasnt been said. Tax breaks are fine, but that means the Revenue service is down by R20bn, so where is this money coming from? Better not be us!

      Han Solo - 2011-02-14 16:16

      Oh, it's us.

  • bafedile - 2011-02-14 15:36

    What I find grossly disturbing about this forum is that people come up with the greatest of ideas and then you have one moron who sidetracks everyone to start debating issues of race, ANC and stupid politics. The issue here is job creation, focus on that and if you have nothing constructive to say, shut up! Going back to the real issue, unemployment would be significantly reduced if our people could stop expecting to earn millions when they do not have the necessary skill or experience. We all start somewhere and unfortunately you can't start off by being on top of the food chain. People should learn to accept the little that companies can offer and gain valuable work experience so they can become competitive.

      Krush - 2011-02-14 15:49

      Agreed. - 2011-02-14 16:26

      Thanks!!! I believe that we need someone to say, "Hey, who wants to work?", and leave those who claim to want jobs when they just want money behind. We need to STOP accepting mediocre performance from each and every corner of this country. At the same time, there are far too many people who are under-utilised in this country. For example, do you know how many electricicans I meet who should have been electrical engineers? We need to support people who are willing to work hard, and I like the idea of a fund that will clear people's debts if they pass well each year. Finally, culture of entitlement must end! People who want to earn too much, must simply do too much and we should stop sugar-coating these issues. If you wanna earn like an CA, become a CA. Full stop.

      jvandm - 2011-02-14 16:35

      @3shot. I agree with you, they shouldn't call it a "job", they should call it "work", so people would know that in order to get the money at the end of the month, you have to do something in return. On a side note though, a real qualified registered electrical engineer is not just a good electrician...

      Hope123 - 2011-02-14 17:23

      You are correct. I have a maid that earns R2800 per month but mostly R3200 after some overtime on Saturdays. She sleeps in for free, 2 bedroom flat with water, electricity etc. She has ZERO education. Could only afford a 7% increase in 2011. Last week comes and demands another increase. So now what? Goodbye greedy maid of 7 years, hello new maid for R1600.

      G.du Plessis - 2011-02-15 03:18

      Agree 100% Bafedile. Same 7 or 8 people going over the same racist points - black and white.

      AJ - 2011-02-15 05:41

      @Hope123 - and the new domestic just can't believe her luck too I imagine!

  • bafedile - 2011-02-14 15:39

    What I find grossly disturbing about this forum is that people come up with the greatest of ideas and then you have one moron who sidetracks everyone to start debating issues of race, ANC and stupid politics. The issue here is job creation, focus on that and if you have nothing constructive to say, shut up! Going back to the real issue, unemployment would be significantly reduced if our people could stop expecting to earn millions when they do not have the necessary skill or experience. We all start somewhere and unfortunately you can't start off by being on top of the food chain. People should learn to accept the little that companies can offer and gain valuable work experience so they can become competitive.

      Kiff - 2011-02-14 16:03

      The sense of reason! Too bad a lot of SA citizens expect everything for nothing in exchange. Life is about give and take. We just hope the money earmarked for job creation is not just another bottomless pit for politicians to award tenders to comrades that do not deliver.

      Linus - 2011-02-14 16:09

      Well said Bafedile; you are a voice of reason in the bewilderdnes... Lets also ask this question: which sector of business employs the most people in total and could employ many more but do not want to? It's the small and medium size business sector. And guess what? The owners of these businesses have to put up with a lousy work ethic as well as have to jump through many obstacles and hoops that Governmant puts in their way. Do you think the way the labour laws are now setup that they are conducive to growth? On the contrary; they stop small and medium size business from hiring people and this in turn stifles growth and leads to an ever increasing unemployment pool. The whole business climate here is not at all freindly to entrepreneurs at all. Government must make it easy to hire and fire people or nothing will change and it will just get worse. Now there are proposals that employers register their vacancies with the Dept of Labour? WTF! really this is just making it worse. The only jobs that this Government are creating at an accelerating rate are for illegal immigrants coming in here in droves and guess what? Small and medium size businesses are hiring them hand over fist - just look around. Why you may ask? Because these same businesses don't have to pay them minimum wage;they can let them go if they have to with no CCMA ramifications etc,one other point is that these same illegal employees have a good attitude and are generally very good workers - so who would you hire?

      bafedile - 2011-02-14 16:25

      Well I did ask the question "are these regulations protecting South Africa or are they creating bottlenecks?

      Bill - 2011-02-14 18:16

      Right on Bafedile!

  • mike881 - 2011-02-14 15:50

    Another starting point would be to improve the standard of eductation, especially the basic skills needed to secure employment. As an Employer I cannot begin to tell you the number of applicants (for a sales person position) that I get where the applicant has an impressive CV, but on actual interview cannot speak, let alone read or write in an acceptable manner. The exception being the flood of Zimbabwe applicants who put my basic English to shame

      jvandm - 2011-02-14 16:29

      The one thing uncle Bob did right, was not to skimp on education...

  • Alfred - 2011-02-14 15:52

    "Analysts have shown that a large part of unemployment is structural largely owed to historic events" Congratulations on waiting for a full 2 sentences before blaming apartheid. But I couldn't agree more with your last 2 paragraphs.

  • OldSA - 2011-02-14 15:53

    There is a quick way. Scrap minimum wage regulations and you will see lots of households employing gardeners and Maids, school leavers will be employed and taken up in the mainsteam, those who excell will achieve the rest will at least have an income.

      SirMarkth - 2011-02-14 16:41

      I've had this very thought before too, but a visit last year to New Zealand showed me that their minimum wage is equivalent to R8000.00 per month (And they were complaining it was too low too) I didn't earn that till three years ago! As far as I know ours is something like R1500.00 And Our Economy is twice as big as theirs, so I'd lean towards our minimum wage being just fine nowadays. There is a world wide problem with the rich starting to horde the money available, the gap is always widening, not sure how one could fix it permanently though.

  • DeonL - 2011-02-14 15:54

    We should not wait on Gov for jobs, go out and search for jobs or start a new small business. In failing this you can always join a MLM company like Herbalife or Amway, they accept all people whatever race or colour you have, you just need a joining. I started my own business with my "delisous plattelandse Ingels" in 1992 in those stormy years.

  • OldSA - 2011-02-14 15:59

    There is a quick way to increase employment. Scrap minimum wages regulations and reduce union involvement in labour negotiation. Make labour availible and reliable. Salary earner and will be able to create employment in and around their households. School leavers can be taken up in mainstream and those who achieve will become the bigger earners whom will again create employment in and around their households. Farmers will employ, house and feed more workers. There is no rock science needed, just common sense.

      shawntx10 - 2011-02-14 16:29

      Sir Halfwise I have no beef with you but your name username is not much better now is it

      Kiff - 2011-02-14 16:30

      @ halfwit, and your username implies.....???

      rugdusty - 2011-02-14 16:33

      Scrap the law that says you cant just fire someone ... if you knew that if you screwed up someone would take your job you would work harder and you would do your best to kick Ass .!!

      G.du Plessis - 2011-02-15 03:19

      I don't like your username OldSA. I agree with Halfwise

  • gen.mewmew - 2011-02-14 16:01

    unemployment is due to NO OR LITTLE EDUCATION, not historic events.

      rugdusty - 2011-02-14 16:31

      and Laziness in General ... information is out there and it is getting easier to access for most. If you want to learn , learn how , and then don't expect anyone to help you except yourself.

      Boerseun - 2011-02-14 17:32

      You are incorrect: Unemployment comes because of uncontrolled population growth.

      CNA-LOL-BS - 2011-02-15 08:58

      @boerseun - and about 15 million people that are receiving "social" grants and not working.....

  • Joy - 2011-02-14 16:27

    The amount of jobs that are required will never be created. JZ should rather focus on reducing the population rate / growth ! Educate the masses on Birth control.

  • Trudy - 2011-02-14 16:27

    I am an entrepreneur, I have never had any success in recruiting unemployed people. They always start complaining about being tired and the amount of time they spend travelling to get to work etc etc. After a few weeks, they simply fail to show up for work. And guess what, I still get forced to pay these people. Without a body that supports the employer instead of the employee, employers are forced to get screwed over and over again. My employees do not belong to unions, if they were allowed to strike for weeks on end, I would loose my business. I suggest someone in government spends a day in the shoes of a business owner. The government can't run a business, they can't manage the education process, the state hospitals etc. Quite frankly I do a better job of running a business, so if you want to know what needs to be changed, come spend a day at work with me, let's face it, everyone in government are only employees.

      Gaddafi - 2011-02-14 16:42

      The solution is simple - take away job security and people will work. Give employers more powers to hire & fire.

      Mizer - 2011-02-14 16:44

      Good point Trudy..we need good comments like yours on these forums.

      Mr.Glum - 2011-02-14 18:17

      A young man dropped out of grade twelve because of the teacher’s strike. When confronted about the necessity to have grade twelve, his response was that he does not need grade 12 to work for government. He feels that it may be a struggle to get in, because of his skin colour, but once in, he believes that will have all the security he needs. He does not care what type of job he gets.

      Trudy - 2011-02-14 18:23

      It is so sad that people just want a job to make money. I love what I do, it is stimulating but not always easy. I constantly learn, and I constantly want to improve, i can not imagine what it is like just wanting job and not having any passion for anything specific. How do spend 5 days a week just doing a job?

      Karoo - 2011-02-15 10:43

      Trudy has hit the nail on the head - as well as a few others. I too have a small business that has excellent potential for growth, but to find honest and reliable staff is impossible. Annually I employ and train about 5 people for the same job over and over. I just cannot get it into these peoples heads that if my business grows so will they, in terms of salary, job satisfaction and status. As already mentioned the issues involved here are education, unions, labour laws, govt grants and the culture of entitlement to mention only a few.

  • Vicker - 2011-02-14 16:43

    Our education system fails our youth - not only in the quality and standard of education, but even more so through the fact that the education system (and society by and large) espouses the "get good grades so you can get a good job" mentality. Focus should be put on developing enterpreneurs from school level. SMME's are the area in which jobs should be created, these businesses should receive substantial tax incentives/holidays for each job created. Labour is far too protected in SA - as a business owner I would always prefer to mechanise than to hire additional hands. And as a White business owner, I will not hold my breath to see any of the R9billion, as this is just pre-election bulldust which will in any event land up in the pockets of some cadres...

  • G.du Plessis - 2011-02-14 16:46

    I agree with this article and understand it. Many afrikaans cannot speak English better. The content of this article is great.

  • Vicker - 2011-02-14 16:51

    It will be very interesting to have a survey done on the percentage of unemployed versus that of unemployable - in my opinion the vast majority of unemployed are unemployed because they are useless.

  • Lwazi - 2011-02-14 16:57

    Balanced view. I think the biggest challenge is aligning the poilitical agenda with key social necessities. Governments thrive on making us belive that everything is for our own good, whereas it's not. For instance, when you drop education standards thus enabling people to pass easily, you're also creating a less educated society which you can easily manipulate. The ANC also needs to employ, not deploy, people with skills because deployment means that people are there to advance a political agenda. We also need leaders who at least have respected levels of education because if you were to ask Zuma how all these plans are going to materialise, he can't asnwer you because he has no idea. He was simply reading a speech written for him. That said, I wish the ANC best of luck in creating 'decent jobs', may these go people who deserve them and have the skills to deliver, regardless of skin colour.

  • tebogo - 2011-02-14 16:58

    The biggest problem with government is that they themselves are not entepreneurs, now how can we expect people who know very little about business and the basics of supply and demand and limited resource v/s unlimited wants, to make this government work? Perhaps if they had their own legitimate businesses, then they could run this place properly because they would understand what it takes to succeed and what policies to implement to make it happen. Until that happens and us darkies wake up, the looting will unfortunately continue!

      Dave - 2011-02-14 17:15

      Not necessarily, although it would definitely help. A leader should have the confidence to know and realise that he will definitely not have all the answers, and therefore employ those who are specialists in their fields, and the leader should then be guided by this expertise. We dont have this in this government, where people are employed for their political connections, not for their capabilities

  • Trudy - 2011-02-14 17:18

    Who do the unemployed look to for work = the government. What example is being set by the government?? Go to sushi parties, rent R50 000 per month houses, pass a tender to you buddy, it's okay to have filthy hospitals, be a criminal - you still qualify for a government post, go and have 5 kids you can get a grant. Government itself has no work ethic, how long is it taking to build these damned houses that are meant to be handed out. There won't be any change unless a better example is being set from the guys at the top.

      Sir Halfwise - 2011-02-14 17:31

      Those are just minor things I do see them affecting the way ANC is running the country.

      Mr.Glum - 2011-02-14 17:35

      Yep …and the likes of Malema set the example for tomorrow’s leaders. Scary!

  • Mr.Glum - 2011-02-14 17:21

    You are concerned with qualifications in leadership and rightly so. If a business leader is required to have a decent and relevant qualification, should this not apply to those leading the country - like the president? To those that argue that this does not apply to the president – granted, but how much do his advisors know – judging by the current state of affairs? On the other hand, qualifications on the African continent seem to be mostly fruitless as most want to use their knowledge from a dictatorial position for self gain. They want to accumulate wealth without distributing their own; the likes of “capitalist communist” comrade Blade. It’s about time they practice what they preach. How can you create jobs if you don't understand business and economics? Perhaps it would be easier to turn the 9bn into grants and hand it on a plate to the unemployed. There’s a lot more where the 9bn came from as money grows freely on the backs of the “laissez faire” taxpayer.

  • Ross - 2011-02-14 17:22

    The cardinal labour law must be: "Your are Fired". It works in America and in China. We must also reduce public holiday's and work half Saturday's like in the old day's. Finish and Klaar.

      Mr.Glum - 2011-02-14 17:29

      Problem here is that labour is very expensive and the average work-pace is too slow. It is dominated by the attitude of entitlement, of “you owe me”.

  • Boerseun - 2011-02-14 17:28

    Yoiu are right, but in RSA entrepeneurs are getting nailed for being successfull, they get forced to take personnel risks via BBEEE, they get robbed and murdered...and this is not the fault of history, it is all the fault of a mass of people who voted for an absolutely corrupt and incompetant, if not downright evil party.

  • PAR - 2011-02-14 17:34

    Solution to lack of jobs is that top government officials should earn what they are worth - next to nothing and their salaries should be given to people who could be used to clean up our parks, roads, rivers, seaside etc Instead of dom kop Malema shouting to nationalise the mines he should be shouting to privatise all government departments. How come SARS is the only department that works?????????

      chriscollingwood2733 - 2011-02-15 08:53

      SARS is the only departent that works because that is where the fuel for the gravy train is gathered

  • Zion - 2011-02-14 17:43

    If the promises of jobs were tallied from Mandela to our present president there would be enough for every person, who wants to work, about 2 jobs. So the taxman will go to town, ministers will receive 2 bling cars a year and the poor will remain where they are and the corrupt more corrupt and doubley rich.

  • Trevor - 2011-02-14 17:59

    With regard to the R9bn set aside for 'job creation' in the 'manufacturing sector', I predict the following results: 1. After appointing extra cadres in the Dept of Labour, DTI, etc to oversee the program, and allowing for plenty of meetings, travel, golf and a few kickbacks, probably only about R5bn will reach the 'manufacturing industry'. 2. SMMEs, who could employing many of the lesser skilled unemployed will not react for two reasons; first, the unions/labour laws will still ensure they are left with the deadwood forever after; second, they are not 'in bed' with the politicians and cannot afford any juicy kickbacks. 3. The large, multinationals will climb in, expand a highly mechanised / automated plant by 10% at a cost of R200m to employ 100 more people and have the taxpayer foot the bill (anyone remember Volkswagen SA in 2009?). 4. At this rate of R2m per job created, the balance of R5bn will probably deliver around 2,500 new jobs - hardly a drop in the proverbial ocean! 5. Adding back the number (say 50)of new bureaucrats employed in (1) above will boost this total to 2,750 at an overall cost of arouns R3m per job! 6. Worse still, those employed will have to be of the better educated variety, who can operate and maintain sophisticated plant. Therefore, the less skilled amongst us will not get any share of this, minimal tidbit! Of course this is just surmise, but I know how things work in SA and I don't think my 'guesstimate' will be too far off the mark.

      Mr.Glum - 2011-02-14 18:07

      Of the 2500, how many will be competent to do the job and how many of them will be solely AA and BEE candidates?

  • AJ - 2011-02-15 05:35

    Entrepreneurs and small business (not big business) is the best solution for unemployment. We have millions needing work and they are not exactly highly skilled either and based on current education trends this is set to continue. Corporate SA will never be able to absorb this number of people even if they were skilled. How many times have you seen a large investment like a smelter or mine, where hundreds of millions of US dollars are invested only resulting in a few hundred permanent jobs? So that wont solve it either. Agriculture is one area that can make plenty space for people, but how attractive is commercial farming now and expanding the farm workforce too at that? What SA needs is for 1 or 2 people businesses to WANT to hire a non-skilled person or two, whether it is delivery, packing, mentorship, learning a trade etc. The problem is labour laws make this the last thing in the world they would want to do. I would rather work more hours myself than take on someone who I cannot get rid of. Therefore give small business easy hire and easy fire powers, give them tax breaks on adding to their workforce. Small business will ALWAYS spend their own money BETTER than govt does when it collects it as tax. Unfortunately at present, every govt decision, policy and direction stifles this under-utilised component of our economy. It seems everyone is sitting around for some magic corporation to hire a few hundred thousand people - it aint happening - ever.

  • coonpsycho - 2011-02-15 08:23

    The real problem is overpopulation. People in squatter camps breeding like rats, claiming more money from the tax payer to feed, clothe and house their children/mistakes/accidents? If any of you wish to argue that fact please take a drive through a township/squatter camp and you will see. The fact is if you plan for your own family, only having children when you (man and wive) can support them; you will lessen the burden on everybody around you and on the government. So in truth the perfect way of life would be for the population to grow as the economy grows, not to grow the economy because of population growth.

  • coonpsycho - 2011-02-15 08:42

    The real problem is overpopulation. People in squatter camps breeding like rats, claiming more money from the tax payer to feed, clothe and house their children/mistakes/accidents? If any of you wish to argue that fact please take a drive through a township/squatter camp and you will see. The fact is if you plan for your own family, only having children when you (man and wive) can support them; you will lessen the burden on everybody around you and on the government. So in truth the perfect way of life would be for the population to grow as the economy grows, not to grow the economy because of population growth.

  • Nicola - 2011-02-15 08:46

    Spesihle, that's an interesting letter you wrote. It seems you may have read this brilliant article (MOELETSI MBEKI: Wealth creation) ...

      AJ - 2011-02-15 09:18

      Moeletsi Mbeki - there's a man worth listening too.

      Nicola - 2011-02-15 09:32

      AJ, if you haven't read it already, then I highly recommend his book, "Architects of Poverty". Brilliantly written.

      AJ - 2011-02-15 10:49

      @Nicola - I know of it well but I'm ashamed to say... I have not read it yet.

  • Ross - 2011-02-15 09:29

    We must study the South Korean economic model and copy it. After the war South Korea was a flattened piece of Earth, 57 years ago. Today their GDP is US$ 1457 billion compared to our US$ R515 billion. Our land mass is also 12 times bigger than theirs. Can't we learn from these people?

  • inglorius b - 2011-02-15 16:41

    Spesihle, in principle I agree with you, however, as an up and coming entrpreneur, I have encountered many roadblocks! To begin with, it is now almost 6 months and CIPRO still have not registered me as a business entity, when it comes to financing, the likes of Khula will only underwrite the risk of a bank financing you in the event that you are not able to provide substantial security, if you personally have the technical skill for eg, even though I have 20 years experience in a banking and corporate industry, as well as business administration qualifications, I must be an ITECH qualified beauty therapist if I wanted to open say a spa or beauty clinic although I would hire suitably qualified staff. Baically having the technical skill does not mean that one is a good business manager or has the necessary skill and acumen required in business. Most of the government organisations like IDC, Masizane womens fund, etc, are really only there to assist a certain group of people, and not all! So, yes, I will still raise the money myself, unfortunately I will not be hiring according to BEE or AA policies, not to mention that in order to get funding from these organisations, one has to GIVE a large percentage of shares to a PDI. So as long as all these conditions prevail small business will not even be able to launch!

      Tax_payer - 2011-02-15 16:55

      IngloriousB you will fall under the private sector and people like you are being asked to create these new jobs.Judging from your scenario you will not be assisted but once, your business is up and functioning you will be required to create a BEE post. Whats fair about that, moving towards communism in at a rapid rate.

  • The Patriot - 2011-02-17 12:28

    The point of encouraging entrepreneurship is the way to go, Zuma, or the governments focus to urbanise the masses has lead to the mass influx of people from the rural sectors, bringing extreme poverty and poor living conditions to many millions of unemployed people. Your idea in assisting the farmers is what the Government should have done from the beginning. Build on ruralisation before urbanisation. Take the R105 bln in grants and divert it to building a rural entrepreneur programme. Training of technical skills, mini factories building of black farming communities (With support)etc. Valid points you made, except in believing the government is sincere.

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