1 November 2017

South Africa: Cosatu Northern Cape Statement On the Quarterly Labour Force Survey

press release

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Northern Cape is deeply concerned at the high unemployment rate in the province, which is way above the national average. As much as it has displayed a slight decline from 30.5% in the second quarter to 29.9% in the third quarter, it remains way too high and calls for urgent intervention by the provincial government to stop the growing crisis.

The fact that the national average percentage is currently standing at 27.7% while our provincial percentage is at 29.9% is a cause for concern. The current challenges of unemployment call for a focused government that is committed to come with innovative strategies to create a fertile ground for investment and creation of decent work.

We are concerned that high levels of unemployment are a breeding ground for crime; hence the police will be overstretched in their fight against crime. We are convinced that our demand for the creation of decent work is not farfetched and can be achieved in a massive way, especially in the mining and agricultural sectors, which are the backbone of our economy.

The many costly international trips that are undertaken by provincial government are more of joy rides than attempts to lure investment into the province. There are no positive outcomes out of these trips and there is no accountability to the people of the province.

Our calls for in-sourcing and doing away with labour brokers continuously fall on deaf ears. There are opportunities for the manufacturing sector to emerge and grow out of the current primary industries of our province. We have called for stakeholder engagements to develop strategies of growing the economy of the province to no avail.

It is our sincere hope that the forthcoming mining indaba that is scheduled for the 07 November 2017 in Kathu ,will be a relevant platform to start a discussion on how to retain jobs ,while capping the over inflated salaries of executives in the mining industry and strive for the creation of more decent work. We will participate fully in that indaba together with the NUM to ensure that we emerge with a programme that seeks to change the status quo for the better.

Issued on behalf of the PEC

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