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Cogta Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

The Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma released a gazette after amending a section of level 4 regulations on Wednesday.

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Following a recent outbreak of protests and looting in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng, the Western Cape is getting ready in case looting incidents spread to the province. 

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 The Department of Basic Education partnered with Microsoft to provide digital skills training to 25 000 unemployed youth in South Africa, as part of the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI), which created more than 300,000 job opportunities across the country. This initiative forms part of the broader announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa in October 2020 of a R100 billion fund to create 800 000 public sector jobs in the next three years.

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Unemployment is a massive challenge that has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis. With 55.75% of the country's youth unemployed, more focus should be placed on how youth can enter the job market without a formal tertiary qualification to contribute positively to the country's economy.

The job market today is a network-driven environment and is highly competitive by nature, submitting applications- landing an interview and simply landing the job is a scarcity and the expectation for it to be that simple, is quite frankly, unrealistic.

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With a record high unemployment rate of 43.2% recorded in the first quarter of 2021[1], and lockdown destroying 42.7%[2] of small businesses in South Africa, it is a clear signal that the backbone of our country’s frail economy is weakening.

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Millions of South Africans are unemployed, bringing the national unemployement rate to a new high. 

This week Ivan Israelstam questions whether the parties at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) are meeting their collective responsibility to the nation.  NEDLAC is a statutory body established at the start of the new South African post-apartheid dispensation - in 1994. NEDLAC is intended to achieve public participation in the labour market, providing input to socio-economic policy and the attendant legislation. NEDLAC is responsible for a range of issues.

Covid-19 has changed the way many businesses function. The world is moving towards being more digital but the South African job market could be falling behind.

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