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ACT hosted visionary leadership

Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

“It is only through collaboration between education, innovation and business that we will be able to take our country forward and make Cape Town a global African city of inspiration and innovation.”

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Norway allocates NOK 700 million to Tanzanian rural energy fund

OSLO, Norway, April 11, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Norway and Tanzania have signed an agreement under which Norway will provide NOK 700 million to Tanzania over a four-year period. This funding will be channelled to a rural energy fund in Tanzania that will give people in rural areas access to electricity.

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SA: Moladi housing model builds communities

Decent housing is one of the key factors in the fight against poverty and social exclusion. It is not just about putting a roof over someone’s head – development experts attest.

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South Africa: Progress made but step up economic reforms to achieve full potential, says OECD

PARIS, France, March 4, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ South Africa must step up efforts to foster strong, inclusive economic growth that creates jobs, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of South Africa. Priorities include a growth-enhancing macroeconomic policy-mix, and better implementation of structural reforms, notably to improve education.

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A partnership built on a vision for an Emerging Senegal

Support economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction

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IFC Helps Extend Financial Services in Egypt

CAIRO, Egypt, February 5, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is investing in Fawry, Egypt’s leading electronic payment provider, in an effort to extend crucial financial services and encourage economic development across the country.

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Nearly Half of the World’s Entrepreneurs Are Between The Ages Of 25-44 According To Global Entrepreneurship Report

Babson sponsored research finds increased demand for entrepreneurial training

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South African industrial issues must be dealt with now

 

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

 

This is serious stuff.
And South African stakeholders, shareholders, sectors must stand and pay attention to what could further derail the process of creating jobs.
As mentioned so many times before and evidence elsewhere in the world confirms that job can go a long way in eradicating poverty and underdevelopment.
It is therefore paramount to all the groups concerned to listen and take actions from the warnings of John Botha.
This week Botha said: “It is becoming so onerous to employ in South Africa that business is opting for alternatives to direct employment – alternatives like outsourcing, sub-contracting, automation, off-shoring and new technology.
These were just a handful of the unintended consequences of the proposed changes to South Africa’s labour laws outlined by Botha who is director at Production Management Institute’s (PMI) in a briefing to business.
He said there was no motivation for employers to employ more staff than they needed because of statutory inflexibility, over-regulation and sanctions. “As a result, we are seeing and will continue to see companies increasingly focus on alternatives to direct employment relationships.”
Also, he predicts that companies would increase independent contracting relationships at the expense of direct employment. “This will be evidenced in outsourcing practices, sub-contracting, off-shoring, utilisation of temporary employment services and the like.”
Botha believes that the net effect of the Broad-Based-Black Economic Empowerment Codes was to drive outsourcing rather than direct employment, given the significant weighting on procurement and enterprise development, noted a report.
He added that the inconsistencies between some of the provisions of the labour bills – particularly the Employment Equity and Labour Relations Bill Amendments – were “astonishing”.
“The most significant example of such contradictions lies in the Labour Relations Bill, which limits equal pay for work of equal value to vulnerable persons. At the same time, the Employment Equity Bill proposes equal pay for all employees – from general workers to managing directors.”
Furthermore, Botha said many of the amendments effectively undermined some of the strategic national goals articulated in the National Development Plan, the New Growth Path and the National Skills Accord, all of which promoted job creation.
In addition, he maintains that the labour bills would have a profound impact on human capital practices and BBBEE credentials. “Human resources (HR) functions and departments are shrinking as employers strive to fulfil those functions without employing more people.”
He further explained: “Corporate HR was already heavily regulated by the BBBEE Act. Coupled with the revised labour bills, employers were simply avoiding liability completely and, instead, optimising business processes through strategic procurement, minimalistic employment, technology and mechanisation.
In conclusion: The changes to South Africa’s labour laws, proposed as far back as 2010, are currently before Parliament.

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