Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi believes that Covid-19 vaccination is key in our mission to stop the scourge of unemployment in South Africa. He called on eligible people to get their jab.
The minister believes that the increase in the unemployment rate in the country is due to shutdowns in economic activity during quarter 1 and the lack of investment in South Africa. Nxesi believes that the only way to fully reopen the economy is for citizens to get vaccinated in order for the country to reach herd immunity.
“It is for this reason that we urge all the people in South Africa to make themselves available for vaccination so that the lockdown can be lifted once we reach the necessary herd immunity. We believe that this is one of the ways that this country can arrest the shedding of jobs” added Nxesi.
As of Wednesday 25 August, More than 11.3 Million South Africans have been vaccinated, with 268 712 vaccine doses being administered in the previous 24 hours.
On Monday, Statistics South Africa released its quarterly labour force survey report which revealed that 34.4% of South Africans of working age are unemployed. This number indicates an increase of 1.8 percentage points from the 36.2% recorded in the first quarter of 2021. This means that an additional 587 000 individuals became unemployed between quarters 1 and 2.
The main driver of job creation during the last year was construction. Stats SA revealed that 156 000 jobs were created by construction projects, while community and the private households industries contributed 156 000 and 189 000 jobs respectively.
“Our hope lies in public employment and our infrastructure build programme to provide employment opportunities and to keep the young people engaged”.
The minister added that the government is working with various stakeholders to “ensure that the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan is being implemented as a matter of urgency”