Democratic SA turns 24

27 April 2018 South Africa today marks the 24th anniversary of democracy. Known as Freedom Day and observed on the 27th of April every year, the day commemorates the first time all South Africans of legal age, across the colour spectrum, voted in the country’s first democratic general elections. Nelson Mandela became the country’s first democratically […]

Government digs deep to push township SMMEs to success

Original article on | 2 March 2017 The National Planning Commission is set to host various dialogue sessions with Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) throughout the country from March until May. The commission on Tuesday said the dialogue sessions are part of its information gathering on the “Limited Success of Entrepreneurial Activity by […]

Youth employment in Africa: what to do when informal is normal

Original article on | 29 February 2017 | by Shantayanan Devarajan In low-income African countries, most people cannot afford to be unemployed. Lacking any significant safety net, 70 to 80 percent of the labor force ekes out a living by working in low-productivity, informal farms or household enterprises. Private-sector wage and salary jobs have been […]

South Africa: Gauteng Enters ‘Second Wave’ of Empowerment

Original article on | 21 February 2017 The Gauteng Government has entered into the “second wave” of empowerment which will ensure that black businesses and township enterprises become more sustainable by participating in the other sectors of the economy. In partnership with key industry leaders, some of the radical measures that will be taken […]

Labour Intensive Youth Projects: Keeping hope Alive

Original article on | 7 February 2017 | by Faith Muthambi The signing of the Youth Employment Accord on the April 18, 2013 was both historic and significant. It was historic in a sense of bringing together for the first time the country’s social partners comprising of government, business, labour, and youth formations in […]

An interesting subject

Original article on |12 December 2016 In South Africa, lifelong career decisions are made at the tender age of 15 when schoolchildren select their school subjects. According to Kay Vittee, CEO of Quest Staffing Solutions, one may think that major career choices and commitments are made in our 20s, but the most fundamental decision […]

A win-win solution to unemployment

Original article on |12 December 2016 | by Melanie Mulholland Demand-driven apprenticeships are a win-win in increasing the employment prospects of unemployed young people and closing the ever-increasing skills gap, but companies have to enable this process. South Africa’s  unemployment is at its lowest level for five years, but there are still major concerns about […]

Businesses in support of employment tax incentive

Original article on |14 November 2016 | by Amanda Visser Johannesburg – The employment tax incentive is due to expire at the end of this year, and there is uncertainty about its future. Business has called for a two-year extension. The incentive aims to stimulate employment for young people between 18 and 29 years and has […]

How long the average South African stays in one job for

Original article on 13 October 2016 The number of people employed between 2009 and 2015 increased from 14.2 million to 15.7 million, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Tuesday. Releasing the Labour Market Dynamics Report for 2009 to 2015 at a media briefing in Pretoria, Statistician General Pali Lehohla said the rise in […]

The trend towards multiple jobs

Original article on |23 September 2016 |  While the trend of the global workforce taking up multiple jobs continues to pick up momentum, s find themselves stuck between the increasing cost of living and increasingly tough competition for limited employment opportunities. This is according to Quest Staffing Solutions chief executive Kay Vittee, who says […]