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South Africa can add 1.2-million jobs by 2030, McKinsey says

By: Bloomberg     5th September 2019 Digitization and automation advancements could add 1.2-million jobs in South Africa by 2030, McKinsey & Co said in a report Thursday. Technology-related gains could triple South Africa’s productivity growth, more than double growth in per-capita income and add more than a percentage point to the... 

Minerals Council calls for govt intervention as Gauteng violence continues 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday said it was “deeply concerned and saddened” at the violence that had erupted in and around Gauteng over the course of the last few days. In particular, the council said the mining industry was “disturbed” at the xenophobic character of the violence. 

Jobs crisis tops list of risks for Africa’s businesses, new WEF analysis finds

By: African News Agency      4th September 2019 Executives in sub-Saharan Africa rate unemployment and underemployment as the top risks for doing business in the region, followed by challenges related to governance, energy prices, infrastructure, and debt.  This is according to the finding of a new analysis of regional risks by the World... 

President Ramaphosa meets with social partners on jobs crisis in South Africa

By: African News Agency      3rd September 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza on Monday held their first monthly meeting with the leaders of business, labour and communities to tackle the country’s employment crisis, the Presidency said in a statement. The jobs summit presidential working committee, set up to... 

Absa PMI drops more than expected in August 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd September 2019 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) declined to 45.7 index points in August, down from 52.1 in July. Absa on Monday said that, although the decline was larger than anticipated, it was not entirely unexpected. 

Absa PMI drops more than expected in August

Policy implementation a key challenge

By: Darren Parker     30th August 2019 Legislative body Council for the Built Environment (CBE) will host its third Transformation Indaba, themed Breaking the Barriers, to address the lacklustre implementation of transformation policies within the built environment professions. The event will be held on October 9 and 10, at Diep in... 

Policy implementation a key challenge
PRISCILLA MDLALOSE Men and women are equally capable but different

Cesa aims to fix ‘leaky pipeline’

By: Darren Parker     30th August 2019 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has established a gender diversity forum to table issues of gender inequality among its member companies to address, among other challenges, the issue of qualified women leaving the sector and factors affecting their progression in... 

Cesa aims to fix  ‘leaky pipeline’
JESHIKA RAMCHUND Cesa’s new gender diversity forum aims to engage all stakeholders and develop strategies to improve diversity and inclusivity

Parliamentary Committee opposed to retrenchments at Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th August 2019 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy is opposed to any retrenchments at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in order to cope with the corporation’s current financial crisis. This was made clear during an oversight visit by the Committee to Necsa on... 

Parliamentary Committee opposed to retrenchments at Necsa
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4IR will see 'some jobs go', says labour minister

By: News24Wire      28th August 2019 The Fourth Industrial Revolution will be disruptive to everyone, and upskilling and retraining will be necessary to ensure the workforce can adapt, says Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi. SA's current workforce does not necessarily have the skills required for artificial intelligence... 

 4IR will see 'some jobs go', says labour minister
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Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi.

27four partners with Jobs Fund

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th August 2019 27four Investment Managers has joined the government’s fight to reduce South Africa’s unemployment rate, which stands at about 29%. The South African independent black-female-owned multimanager has signed a deal that will see the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund contribute R200-million to 27four’s... 

27four partners with Jobs Fund
27four unlisted investments principal Chad Potter

Government drafting sector targets for workforce transformation  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2019 The Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) is consulting stakeholders across all sectors in the South African economy to set employment equity targets in each one, since transformation in the workforce has "left much to be desired". Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi on Tuesday stated... 

Government drafting sector targets for workforce transformation
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Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi

Transformation lagging in private sector, minister calls for crackdown on culprits

By: News24Wire      27th August 2019 There has been little transformation in the top management of private sector workplaces since the passing of the Employment Equity Act some 20 years ago, Labour and Employment Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Tuesday.  Nxesi was commenting on the Commission for Employment Equity's annual report for... 

 Transformation lagging in private sector, minister calls for crackdown on culprits
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Labour & Employment Minister Thulas Nxesi

South Africa does not need domestic EV market to produce EVs, says Patel 

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2019 There is an opportunity to bring battery electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle production to South Africa, without first developing a domestic market and charging infrastructure for these vehicles, says Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel. Addressing the National Association... 

South Africa does not need domestic EV market to produce EVs, says Patel
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Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel

South African blueberry industry sets its sights on key export markets

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd August 2019 The South African Berry Producers Association (Sabpa) expects South Africa’s blueberry production to reach a record high of 17 000 t this year, up from the 11 300 t produced in 2018. It expects production to increase further to 50 000 t/y by 2023 and says this will help to grow employment in the... 

Labour department wants salary gap information from companies

By: African News Agency      21st August 2019 The Department of Employment and Labour wants employers to provide information on salary differentials between their top earners and lowest paid workers to help it work towards reducing renumeration gaps, a senior official told a workshop in Kimberly. The department is conducting roadshows across... 

Patel establishes national committee on new African trade agreement

By: Simone Liedtke     19th August 2019 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has set up a national committee, comprising representatives from business, labour and government, to develop action plans around the new African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). The committee was set up at a strategic session between the... 

Solidarity’s application against Denel to be heard on Tuesday

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th August 2019 Solidarity’s application to force State-owned Denel to pay over Unemployment Insurance Fund levies and taxes deducted from employees’ salaries to the relevant authorities will be heard in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday. Solidarity on July 31 served urgent documents on the struggling arms... 

Govt observes anniversary of Marikana tragedy

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2019 Government says it has, since the conclusion of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, made “great progress” in implementing the inquiry’s recommendations, among which has been to ensure that the South African Police Service strengthens its public order policing capacity. A statement issued by the... 

Employment and labour minister conducts blitz in Durban

By: African News Agency      16th August 2019 Employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi this week visited one of the department's labour centres in Durban  as part of efforts to improve services, his office said. The Pinetown centre, which services areas such as New Germany, West Mead, Hillcrest, Kloof, Waterfall, Kwadabeka, KwaNdengezi,... 

Employment and labour minister conducts blitz in Durban
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Employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi

Numsa urges government to convene all stakeholders amid jobs crisis

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) has called on government to move swiftly to convene an urgent meeting with social partners to deal with the jobs crisis in the country. Numsa maintains that the macro and micro economic policies championed by the African National Congress... 

Nxesi to meet labour, employers in Vryburg, North West

By: African News Agency      8th August 2019 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi will meet with organised labour representatives and employers in Vryburg in North West on Thursday to engage on ways to transform the labour market. "Minister Nxesi will be embarking on a drive to propel employers, organised labour and the private... 

Nxesi to meet labour, employers in Vryburg, North West
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Employment & Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi

Solidarity urges government intervention in AMSA retrenchments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th August 2019 Trade union Solidarity has invited the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition to the next retrenchment meeting between itself and steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA). The union says this is so that the Ministry can get first-hand information from AMSA regarding the reasons... 

Policy dialogue explores preparing youth for the future of work

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th August 2019 The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (Adea) last month concluded its yearly policy dialogue on secondary education in Africa. In partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB), South Africa’s Department of Basic Education and the MasterCard Foundation, the dialogue... 

Unemployment worse than the gloomy official numbers suggest – Solidarity

By: African News Agency      1st August 2019 South Africa's official unemployment numbers as announced by the national statistics agency this week, although alarming, still paint a rosier picture than the reality many people experience, labour union Solidarity said on Thursday. The jobless rate rose to 29 percent of the labour force in the... 

Unemployment worse than the gloomy official numbers suggest – Solidarity

Public Works makes progress on finalising payment of service providers

By: Simone Liedtke     31st July 2019 Almost 70% of service providers have been paid following an investigation, launched by Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille, into the nonpayment of invoices within the stipulated 30-day period. These payments were made within four working days. 

Training institute creates learner support initiatives

By: Theresa Bhowan     26th July 2019 Technical skills training provider Artisan Training Institute (ATI) is creating new initiatives and expanding on existing initiatives to develop the local artisan training industry in terms of skills development and gender composition. 

Training institute creates learner support initiatives
MANDISA SOWAZI AND SEAN JONES ATI focuses on quality training by hiring experienced professionals as trainers and educators

Digital technology could transform Africa’s world of work – report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th July 2019 Digital technology adoption has the potential, if harnessed effectively, to transform the nature of work for all of Africa, the World Bank says in its ‘Future of Work in Africa: Harnessing the Potential of Digital Technologies for All’ report. The report, published on Thursday, indicated that, at... 

Union reports Denel has failed to pay contributions to pension fund

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th July 2019 Trade union Solidarity reported on Thursday that pension funds for Denel workers had not been paid to the company’s pension fund, Denret. This information had been provided by Denret. The union also reported that it had demanded that Denel provide proof of payment. Solidarity further stated that... 

Pre-eminent representation reaffirmed by Seifsa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th July 2019 Owing to the country’s precarious socioeconomic outlook, it is critical for the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) to reaffirm its position as the preeminent representative in the best interest of its members, says Seifsa operations director Lucio Trentini.  

Pre-eminent representation reaffirmed by Seifsa
LUCIO TRENTINI It is imperative for companies to speak with one common voice when dealing with the challenges facing the sector

Seifsa intensifying role in metals and engineering sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th July 2019 Seventy-six years later, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has made major inroads in intensifying its role and impact in the metals and engineering (M&E) sector. 

Seifsa intensifying role in metals and engineering sector
KAIZER NYATSUMBA The aspirations of the federation run concurrently with the aspirations of the sector, as well as those of the country

Repo rate cut welcomed

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th July 2019 Black Business Council (BBC) CEO Kganki Matabane on Thursday welcomed the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.5% from 6.75%. Matabane said the committee’s decision to decrease the repo rate will bring much needed... 

Repo rate cut welcomed

Nehawu 'disappointed' by government's intent to cut 30 000 public service jobs   

By: African News Agency      18th July 2019 The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union said on Thursday it was disappointed by the department of public service and administration's intent to cut more than 30 000 jobs. Public service and administration minister Senzo Mchunu said the department would open an opportunity for... 

Nehawu 'disappointed' by government's intent to cut 30 000 public service jobs

Responsible remuneration gaining traction, but more work needed – PwC

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th July 2019 The concept of fair and responsible remuneration is gaining traction in South Africa, with companies beginning to embrace this, but more needs to be done to turn this into a reality, including raising awareness nationally, says professional services firm PwC. Evidence of this acceptance is found... 

Total South Africa achieves Level 1 BBBEE rating

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2019 Petrochemicals company Total South Africa has achieved a Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment rating. Total has since 2003 implemented a dedicated transformation strategy, which includes 52% black ownership, skills development programmes, preferential procurement, enterprise and... 

Denel’s liquidity crisis plunges employees into new financial crisis

By: Simone Liedtke     12th July 2019 Following a further breakdown in trust between the management of State-owned defence company Denel and labour after this week’s announcement that the company had not paid over either workers’ or the company’s retirement fund contributions, a special labour forum was held on Thursday to discuss... 

DA demands answers about 'go-slow' at Transnet's Ngqura port

By: African News Agency      12th July 2019 The main opposition Democratic Alliance said on Friday it would seek an urgent update from State-owned freight and rail company Transnet on a protracted "go-slow" strike at its Ngqura port. Workers have staged the protest action at the Ngqura container terminal for 13 days in a show of... 

DA demands answers about 'go-slow' at Transnet's Ngqura port

South African ports ‘need to evolve’ – specialist

By: Simone Liedtke     11th July 2019 South Africa’s ports will need to evolve into a more entrepreneurial ports system, instead of being facilitators of trade, in order to continue trading in a world often characterised as volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, Transnet National Ports Authority logistics supply chain specialist... 

South African ports ‘need to evolve’ – specialist
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Transnet National Ports Authority logistics supply chain specialist Lwandile Mabuza
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