With a record high unemployment rate of 43.2% recorded in the first quarter of 2021, and lockdown destroying 42.7% of small businesses in South Africa, it is a clear signal that the backbone of our country’s frail economy is weakening.
The legal procedures that an employer is required to follow in implementing dismissals for misconduct, retrenchments and poor work performance are all different. For instance, it is not normally acceptable to use the procedure laid down for retrenchments in order to deal with poor work performance.
Last year, South African primary children in no-fee schools learned 50-75% less than they’d usually learn, according to the National Income Dynamics Study Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Study (Nids-Cram). And that’s in a country where prior to Covid-19, the learning gaps were immense.