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Is unemployment a cause or a symptom of our social ills?

SA needs to restructure world of work to deal with youth joblessness

Tessa Dooms Columnist

It has become routine for South Africans to lament our ever-escalating unemployment rates quarterly. Last week Stats SA announced conservative unemployment figure of 35.3% for the fourth quarter of 2021, up from 34.9% in the previous quarter. We are no longer shocked.

Every quarter, Stats SA releases unemployment figures that confirm our painfully obvious reality of mass unemployment. Without skipping a beat, we bemoan the government's inaction and are at pains to point out the knock-on effect of unemployment such as frustration, crime, mental illness and social unrest. Soon, we move on to the next big headline: high murder rates, anti-immigrant riots, electricity blackouts or any of the social and political crises that are a permanent feature our democratic SA...

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