3 September 2019
The Jobs Summit Presidential Working Committee will, over the next few months, focus on key constraints to greater investment and growth including the cost of doing business, security of electricity supply and policy uncertainty.
The presidency confirmed this in a statement following the committee’s first monthly meeting with the leaders of business, labour and communities to tackle the country’s employment crisis.
The committee was set up to speed up the “implementation of measures adopted at last year’s Presidential Jobs Summit to create employment, curtail job losses, provide training and work experience opportunities and unblock regulatory and other hurdles that inhibit employment”.
President Ramaphosa wants the monthly meetings to facilitate the raising of concerns in a frank and constructive manner and foster accountability.
“In setting up these monthly meetings, we were motivated by the scale and the urgency of the crisis we are facing, and by the realisation that if we don’t move more quickly and with greater effect, our economy will lose more jobs than we create,” President Ramaphosa said.
Sectors prioritised by the committee include construction, clothing, textiles, footwear and leather and metals and machinery.
Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the presidency announced that the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Service Delivery at District Level has held its inaugural meeting in Cape Town.
The IMC on Service Delivery at District Level was set up by President Ramaphosa “following the directive to implement a district based approach to fast-track service delivery and to ensure that municipalities are adequately supported and resourced”.
Issues the IMC on Service Delivery at District Level will focus on include:
• Alignment of infrastructure development plans and operations with national, provincial and district plans as well as intensifying the implementation of pipeline infrastructure projects in the identified priority districts and metros;
• Achieving policy coherence and fast-tracking service delivery;
• Undertaking safety and security assessments that provide early warning and quick response mechanisms to areas where there are service delivery problems;
• Boosting economic development and investment through revitalization of township and rural economies; and
• Developing an action plan to deal with service delivery challenges.