UNEMPLOYMENT

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Waste pickers march to be recognised

Protesters want to be a formal part of Johannesburg’s recycling programme

By Zoë Postman - 2 May 2019
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“We hope we will be the last generation of waste pickers to face these difficulties”

Government releases guidelines for municipalities to integrate Informal waste pickers into the economy

By Zoë Postman - 15 April 2019
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Cape Town healthcare workers fear losing their jobs

Concerns over patient care if community workers’ contracts not renewed

By Vincent Lali - 26 March 2019
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Names drawn from a bucket for KZN roads work

Residents demanded fair allocation of work on Newcastle contract

By Sibusiso Mdlalose - 20 March 2019
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Unemployment: is there a way forward?

Reducing unemployment should be the top priority of government

By GroundUp Editors - 28 February 2019

Waiting and hoping the whole day for work

“Sometimes in a week I get maybe one job. If I am lucky I get two jobs and I make R150 per job.”

By Masixole Feni - 26 February 2019
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Reconsidering South Africa’s approach to waste pickers

Waste pickers must be integrated into the formal waste management sector, says researcher

By Lucas Nowicki - 22 February 2019
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Stats SA’s confusing mining employment statistics

Quarterly Labour Force Survey is the definitive source for most sectors, but not for mining

By GroundUp Staff - 21 February 2019
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Unemployed for three years, Thulani Ngwenya believes entrepreneurship is the way to go

“There are many opportunities in our townships, it is just a matter of finding them.”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 20 February 2019
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How to reduce unemployment? Two opposing views

How do we reduce unemployment? That is possibly the most important policy question facing South Africa.

By GroundUp Editors - 18 February 2019
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Low wages will not solve South Africa’s unemployment problem, argues economist

Growth in manufacturing is essential but not at the expense of workers

By Aidan Jones - 18 February 2019
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South Africa’s failure to create manufacturing jobs

To reduce unemployment South Africa needs to prioritise labour-intensive work instead of higher wages, write professors Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass

By Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass - 18 February 2019
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Nelisa Pambane travels hundreds of kilometers to sell scrap metal

“I may not be employed but I will never let my children and me starve.”

By Nomfundo Xolo - 15 February 2019
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Changing the way our colleges work is key to reducing unemployment

Business should inform curricula to prepare South Africa for the fourth industrial revolution, writes Business Unity SA CEO Tanya Cohen

By Tanya Cohen - 15 February 2019
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“I am living and working for the next meal”

Khumbuzile Phakamile survives by selling empties to shebeens and trying to find gardening jobs that pay a pittance

By Thembela Ntongana - 14 February 2019
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Why is South Africa’s unemployment rate so high?

If people are not willing to invest in a country, it is almost impossible to generate new jobs, writes Professor Vimal Ranchhod

By Vimal Ranchhod - 14 February 2019