In South Africa Zuma calls for team-work to combat unemployment

The President says that as long as South Africa's economy does not grow due to the world's current economic problems, joblessness will persist.

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President Jacob Zuma says South Africa needs the collaborative approach that government, the private sector and labour used to weather the 2008 global crisis to deal with the country's escalating unemployment.

Zuma was speaking in an interview with the SABC. The President says that as long as South Africa's economy does not grow due to the world's current economic problems, joblessness will persist.

His comment comes after the latest unemployment figures which show a rise in unemployment in the third quarter of this year from 25 to 25.5%.

Zuma says he’s thinking of raising the issue of identifying few sectors that could be ring-fenced to be labour-intensive, with less technological development taking over, so to guarantee employment.

The President says this is an issue he raised at the recently-held World Economic Forum, with government and one he intends raising with the private sector.

Meanwhile, Statistics SA says of the working-age population of just over 36 million, almost 16 million are employed, 5.4 million are unemployed and nearly 15 million are not economically active.

Source: SABC

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