Employment The jobless army
On the one hand, as economists love to say, terrible unemployment, with over 6.6million South Africans out of work. And on the other, almost a million vacancies to fill – and no one skilled enough to do so. These included 260,000 managerial positions, 430,000 technicians, 100,000 plus sales and service people and 180,000 professionals. Effectively, then, we don’t have the people we need to create the jobs few need, would be one way of looking at it. The unemployed, according to StatsSA, are predominantly young, with 72% of them under 34, and most have never had a job, and will thus never have a CV to hawk around. And to add insult to a social time bomb, the National Skills Fund is sitting on almost R5billion of unspent cash it just couldn’t bring itself to give to the Setas.
Comment: And who, with the state some of them are in, could blame it?