The presidential working group on labour has announced plans to create more jobs in the country in the face of the harsh economy.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa made this known on Tuesday during a meeting with the group.
The meeting which involved the Presidency, labour federation leaders and Cabinet ministers also related that government and labour will soon organize a job summit as part of the move towards eradicating joblessness in the country.
According to the deputy president, the job summit will allow South Africans have a conversation on the issue of jobs and how the jobs can be created in order to foster economic growth.
The summit, he added would be organized by a 10-person committee, consisting of ministers and two representatives each from the three largest labour federations.
The last job summit held in the country was in 2003. Though the outcome of the meeting is yet to be publicized.
In the course of the meeting, a range of proposed government interventions, a 12-point plan on job creation and job security for workers were all submitted by the three federations present at the meeting.
In their separate submissions, the federations noted that they won’t accept the view that it is not the business of government to create jobs, stop job loss or to drive a coherent jobs strategy.
Labour Union Leader Dlamini Speaks
Speaking also during the meeting, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini, said the job summit would highlight what was being done to create a social security net for workers.
He added that other issues like the new wage policy, social security measures and the national minimum wage will be addressed in the course of the summit.
“We can say we have the wage system to protect those falling in the cracks of the economy. In addition to the minimum wage debate, we are expanding this to form a security net in our country to ensure that at least the majority, if not all, is protected,” he said.
Meanwhile, the organizers of the meeting are expected to come up with a suitable date for the summit.
Recent report by Statistics South Africa showed that the unemployment rate in South Africa increased to 26.7 percent in the three months to March of 2016 from 24.5 percent in the previous quarter and above market expectations of 25.3 percent.
Notably, it was the highest reading since September 2005, as the number of the unemployed rose by 10 percent where employment fell 2.2 percent.
Also, the organization noted that unemployment rate in South Africa averaged 25.29 percent from 2000 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 31.20 percent in the first quarter of 2003 and a record low of 21.50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008.