Ina Opperman
Business Journalist
3 minute read
26 May 2022
7:14 am

Stop trying to fix SA’s permanent unemployment problems with temporary solutions

Ina Opperman

Unemployment can only be tackled by policy makers who think big to cultivate opportunities for employment.

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Government needs to understand that there are no temporary solutions for permanent unemployment problems, and while they've implemented several measures to overcome the unemployment crisis, policy makers need to think bigger and be far more ambitious in expanding both public employment programmes and support for private sector job creation. Chronically high unemployment had already begun eroding South Africa’s economic position in the years leading up to the pandemic, says Andrew Donaldson, former deputy director general of the National Treasury. “Now, post-pandemic, record high unemployment seems an impenetrable barrier to economic recovery,” he told a PSG Think Big webinar. Donaldson is...