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Not much to show from commitments made at Jobs Summit

After it promised over 250 000 jobs annually.

Last year when President Cyril Ramaphosa gave the closing address at the Jobs Summit, held to come up with a concrete plan to tackle unemployment in the country, he told critics who said the event would be a talk shop to “eat their words”. 

At the time stakeholders from government, labour, business and communities had produced an 82-page framework agreement, which outlined 77 commitments across five themed interventions related to the economic sector, small and medium enterprises, education and skills and inclusive growth. 

The framework provided detailed guidelines for example, the final list of issues to be dealt with by the social partners was supposed to be defined in a month and the timeframes for when each issue would have been concluded would happen no later than seven months after the agreement was signed. 

Various companies have announced a wave of retrenchments in the last seven months despite there being interventions in place within the framework. For example, within two months of the summit, business and government were meant to establish “rapid response teams” – comprised of experts – to help businesses in crisis in this tough economic environment with the aim of avoiding job losses. The exact modalities of the task teams were supposed to be ironed out a month after the summit. 

Nine months since the sweeping commitments were made at the summit that promised to deliver at least 275 000 jobs annually in addition to the jobs that were already being created in the economy, the unemployment rate has increased to its highest levels in a decade sitting at 29% in the second quarter from 27.6% in the first.

Now stakeholders have vowed to hold more talks. 

Election, distraction

“The momentum of the implementation was in one way or another disturbed by the political period of the elections, where the focus at some stage became the elections [in May],” said Minister of Labour and Employment Thulas Nxesi. 

Nxesi was speaking at a press briefing held at National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on Thursday, convened to update the public on a report about the implementation of the summit’s framework agreement. Among those accompanying him was business representative Cas Coovadia and Cosatu’s Bheki Ntshalintshali. 

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While over 10 million South Africans sit without jobs, in the expanded definition of unemployment, Nxesi told the media that stakeholders had “now agreed that there is going to be a focus on all the projects of the job summit” to fast-track implementation and create clear timeframes and milestones.

Government bottlenecks 

Nxesi said the most serious constraints that have been raised as a hurdle to job creation related to the issues of reliable supply of electricity. South Africans were plagued by stage four load shedding towards the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 as, Eskom battled to keep the lights on mainly due to poorly maintained infrastructure. 

First-quarter GDP figures showed that the economy had contracted by 3.2% – another negative economic indicator last seen 10 years ago when the world was one financial crisis. At the root of this decline was Eskom. 

“It’s a very serious matter, the issue of energy. Hence the president has said there needs to be some tough engagement into the issues of Eskom and some of the SOEs because the whole economy depends on electricity,” said Nxesi. 

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But that didn’t stop there, Nxesi said close to 60% of commitments are government initiatives by the different departments, and it is the state’s bureaucratic processes in government that were an impediment that needed to be dealt with. 

He said obtaining water licences for businesses had been another major hurdle that was raised in the report saying that it sometimes took two to three years to obtain licences. 

Again, visas for tourism were raised as a challenge that has not been resolved.

Stricter controls 

Nxesi said the government had decided that the “best way forward” would be to single out individual departments and ministers who are responsible for certain outcomes to take greater responsibility. 

“We must not just say it is the government who is responsible we must say which department is not moving in driving those issues,” said Nxesi. 

He said the ministry of employment and labour would be “very tough” on following up on delivery.  

While the stakeholders were initially meant to hold quarterly meetings to provide updates on implementation these have been moved to monthly meetings. The first of these meetings will take place on September 2 where a draft programme related to all the issues raised in the report will be tabled. 

“There is going to be robust debate now and robust implementation on what has been agreed on,” said Nxesi

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The time for talk from government officials is long over – it is time to show results on job creation.

Your patience will be tested.

…..hm…..lets hope RSA just doesn’t end up like Baltimore

Commitments at summits don’t make jobs, growth and investment make jobs.

Actually holding a summit is all they believe is needed, the rest is way, way, way too difficult for them.

They have not the faintest ability except state capture borne out by history. As R W Johnson said very few if any with the intellect
The present president was sent to sort out Escom in 2014. Result disaster and people believe this is the new saviour

What’s the bet they are going to try and throw some money (that we don’t have) at the problem.

Might save a few jobs in the short term but in the long term the disaster remains. You might even get some of the guy’s that have announced imminent retrenchments recently to hold back for a while because of this.

These goons will then declare victory and shareholders will carry the cost and the jobs will still be lost.

The ANC have been throwing money at it, taxes, borrowed money and savings. Everyone’s money except their own.

The UIF for example has been used on some of these job creation schemes.

If the layoffs continue that too will soon be gone. So, people will be retrenched without even that safety net.

The country sacrificed for ANC unity.

Every sector is in agreement that the constraints are ANC interference, ANC theft and ANC non-delivery.

Now this minister, who is one of the laziest and worst of the lot, wants ANC task teams to probe, prod, sniff, evaluate and debate.

Government needs to realise, that they do not and cannot create jobs.
Much like a gardener cannot consume nutrients via photosynthesis.

They can however create an environment where the job market can flourish.

The stumbling blocks are their own policies, cadre deployment, lack of commitment, lack of work ethic, lack of empathy, self interest, corruption, nepotism and plain incompetence

Being an advocate for land grabbing, surely Cyril can’t be serious about job creation?

LOL! We keep having summits, and drives, and commissions of inquiry…and we keep scratching our heads when we have no results. No one stops to think that it may be because the same incompetence causing the problem cannot competently correct it. It’s a paradox. You won’t be in the situation in the first place was it not for the same individuals trying to fix the mess they caused. I must be taking crazy pills again because I know better than to ask my 4 year old to clean up mess from the bowl she knocked over when she was incapable of holding it in the first place!!!!!!!

Perhaps what we need is a commissions of inquiry into why the jobs summit is failing. It will probably find that the failure can be attributed society, the general public and the private sector. Our government blames us for everything! At the moment this country feels like a bad, abusive marriage, and the other party doesn’t want to let go because it is still “eating”.

Don’t blame the labour laws, the corruption and theft, high rate of violent crime, the failing SOE’s or general deterioration of the moral fabric of this society! Don’t blame jobs for pals, Don’t blame the ANC racist policies. If you don’t do that, we’ll be fine. Just make sure to vote ANC again. Amandla!

Government doesn’t have the wit to figure this one out. Just too dumb and arrogant to spot that they are the problem.

Try a few summits with various industries and ask what it would take for them to start ramping up investment.

I think you’ll get a couple of stock answers. Like

1 scrap EWC
2 simplify tax and stop persecuting taxpayers. ( I get audited and harrassed every year).
3 simplify labour laws and break union power.
4 relax red tape everywhere
5 scrap BEE

Otherwise quite frankly, expanding your business just means you become an even bigger target for the State. It’s not worth the aggravation.

So wake up goverment and make it worthwhile for investors to invest. Otherwise just watch unemployment climb even further.

What chance of this happening? Zero I guess

Talk shop run by guys without a fibre of entrepreneurial skill set. They may talk the talk; know all the theories in text books but is it enough.

Their cushy jobs fell into their laps due to their struggle credentials ala Minister Nxesi, Cas and Cosatu’s Bheki Ntshalintshali.

My bet is these ANC clowns might spend 10% of their working time doing their job. The rest is spent on holiday tours and scheming how to rip the taxpayer off.

We could employ a lot of people making useful products in Agri-Processing, with export potential. huge upstream and downstream headcount.

“If your only tool is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail” The ANC politicians can only talk, they have zero skills. Therefore, they want to solve every issue with a talk shop. The only barrier to entry into the business of professional politicians is the ability to make incoherent noises when you open your mouth. The ANC, EFF and BLF politicians excel at this endeavour.

The ANC managed to turn the entrepreneurs of this country into economic refugees. The ANC exports job opportunities and imports unemployment, while they are holding a jobs summit at the same time! They have the issues of White Minority Capital and record unemployment levels, on the same agenda and they fail to recognise the conflicts. Utter stupidity, unmitigated incompetence and criminal negligence describe their level of capability. Job creation requires people with above-average intellect, therefore, the ANC can only destroy job opportunities. We should rebrand Luthuli House to the new name of the Famine Commission.

The government will never create more jobs with Nxesi as the minister, in fact governments don’t ever create jobs (they do provided sheltered employment for incompetents – see Eskom and any other SoE for proof) business create jobs. With the draconian labour laws the constant threats that companies have to operate under and specifically BEEE the country will never get out of its present hole.
Government interference will turn this country into another Zimbabwe

Talk talk talk talk talk talk robust talk more talk committees meetings more meetings caucus meetings words words words.have

Ramasquirrel waffles while the country burns.

now what did all the capitalists in 90’s see in CR to give him billions in deals…so far he seems to be to light weight to manage anything

Never created anything of note from scratch, sleepless nights worrying if plan will work. Beneficiary of majot handouts of BEE. Big joke

Moneyweb – here’s a challenge when you place similar stories around government ineptitude, lack of commitment, being absolutely directionless and led by idiots, please do the following:-
List the names of the government officials who attended, their rank in their designated entity, their total emoluments, the number of taxpayer cars they own, the number of houses they have bonds on, and any other trappings of largesse they may be accustomed to, the cost of hosting such talking heads forums. We then may get a picture of whether they are in their jobs for the good of the country or whether they are merely all on a bullet express to greed and gravy

The country is run by the ANC NEC. Let’s just look at a few names.

Zwane
Mthambi
Maine (Oros)
Gigaba
Magashule
Bongo
Joemat-Pettersson
Mahlobo.
Yengeni
Mokonyane.

Obviously the list goes on. This is just the first 10 that came to mind.

Why does anybody think they will ever get it right? Look at the list man.

The solution is probably to appoint a task team. Who in turn will no doubt consult the stakeholders. That task team should then recommend a commission of inquiry who will “leave no stone un-turned”. In 3 years time a report can then be issued. Which will then be contested in court by two parties, both using taxpayers money (by the way). After the 5th year a final report will be issued containing the vital recommendations which we will all await with bated breath.None of which will remotely be relevant to the real situation on the ground. Let’s grow the economy and create jobs !

The final report will contain a nine point plan with 13 focus areas that nobody can remember

Comment of the day, imo

Talk is cheap, hence the statement. Excuses are a bit more costly though…At least as costly as whatever the amount of intelligence is required to accommodate for an election before revealing the anticipated outcomes.

The blind literally lead the def in this country!

“Not much to show….”

Well, where the results WILL SHOW UP, will be in the improves sales-figures of Nandos & KFC in the next financial reporting period, using the words “robust growth” as a result of national summits, commissions, conventions, conferences, indabas and imbizos…

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