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Employment Policy in the Pipeline

July 1, 2022

Department of Employment and Labour

The employment and labour department plans to release the Draft Employment Policy for comment soon.

In a statement, the department pointed out that the release will follow completion of a situational analysis.

According to the employment and labour deputy minister, Boitumelo Moloi, the analysis of the South African labour market suggests that “unemployment is a structural phenomenon rather than a frictional outcome of the vagaries of the business cycle”.

“As such policy needs to consider a combination of market and non-market approaches to employment and work-seeker support and activation mechanisms that follow areas of growing labour demand”, she said.

The deputy minister declared that the “key to combating high unemployment among young people was forging stronger connections among employers, education providers, and youth themselves to build skills that lead to entry-level jobs in growth sectors”.

She pointed out that the problem of unemployment in South Africa is everyone’s responsibility.

In May 2022, during the department’s budget vote in parliament, the employment and labour minister, Thulas Nxesi, announced that the first draft of the policy had been completed.

The policy is being drafted in collaboration with the International Labour Organization and leading local experts.

“Following a rigorous situational analysis, the first draft of the policy has been completed for consultation with social partners”, he said.