Don’t miss our World of Work tomorrow
The critical issue of job creation and unemployment is the focus of the next edition of Independent World of Work (iWOW) which will be available free in tomorrow’s Cape Times, Cape Argus, The Star, Pretoria News, Daily News and The Mercury.
This quarter, iWOW provides a detailed explanation and report on the latest trends and dynamics in the political economy and how they impact on jobs, job creation, and the workplace of the 21st century.
According to iWOW editor Amy Musgrave, the issue attempts to explore why South Africa has, by and large, failed to create employment at the scale needed to close the widening income gap and curb poverty, and what needs to be done. “iWOW aims to foster a balanced debate on critical issues. We don’t claim to have all the answers. Our contributors have tried to provide useful insights into joblessness in South Africa,” said Musgrave.
Contributors include economics whizz Neva Makgetla, who highlights a number of strategies she thinks the country should be focusing on, but is clear that without implementation, innovation and ongoing communication between stakeholders, it will be a near impossible task. There are also contributions from three cabinet ministers laying out policy and what they believe is the way forward for youth, economic development and public employment programmes.
Business Unity SA (Busa) chief executive Khanyisile Kweyama believes jacking up the education system should be at the heart of employment interventions, and women empowerment leader and executive director of Wiphold, Gloria Serobe, shares her thoughts on what can be done in the Eastern Cape, where she has invested financially and personally in community upliftment. Vic van Vuuren, who once headed Busa himself but is now a boss at the International Labour Organisation, also believes education is key and gives some ideas on quick fixes and encouraging entrepreneurship.
“It is critical that we create and sustain jobs. South Africa has by and large failed to create employment at the scale needed to close the country’s widening income gap and curb poverty. It is for these reasons that the second edition of Independent World of Work explores the jobs picture: where we have gone wrong, what the status quo is, and what we need to do. It is clear that many more and bigger supplements could be published on the topic before lasting solutions are found,” said Musgrave.
Congratulating the iWOW team, Independent Media Executive Chairman Dr Iqbal Survé said: “It is excellent that iWow deals with one of the most pressing issues bedevilling South Africa’s economy. Focused engagement is crucial to finding solutions on an issue that affects us all.”
While most of the contributors conclude that there is no single silver bullet to get a grip on unemployment, most would agree that we urgently need to start winning, if only to dodge a bullet.
Don’t miss the next issue of Independent World of World – out tomorrow.
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