Volvo invests R25 m to YES initiative
Responding to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s “Thuma Mina” initiative, the Volvo Group Southern Africa is introducing a Youth Employment Initiative. The global Swedish automobile giant hopes that the initiative, unveiled on Saturday in its assembly plant in Durban, will help address South Africa’s high unemployment rate among the youth. Since 2015,... Read more
Nearly 150 000 vacant positions in public sector
The Public Service Commission (PSC) says in the last quarter of 2017, a total of 148 775 posts were vacant in the public sector. In the same reporting period, there were 1 305 458 posts in the public sector and 1 156 683 were filled. Releasing the PSC’s report... Read more
President Ramaphosa to launch Youth Employment Service
President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to meet the first 100 young people to participate in the Youth Employment Service (YES) programme which he will launch on Tuesday. “The YES initiative aims to see more than one million young South Africans being offered paid work experience over the next three... Read more
Over 680 000 employed in tourism sector
The tourism sector employed 686 596 persons in 2016, Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke said on Monday. This, according to Maluleke, is an increase of 2.7% percent or 17 945 employees compared to 2015. According to Stats SA, the tourism sector share of total employment increased from 4.2% in 2015 to 4.4% in... Read more
President welcomes YES initiative
Amid preparations by government to upskill the youth through the launch of the Youth Employment Service (YES), President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the commitment to public-private partnerships. “Government is prepared to work with the private sector as partners in creating value and solving key problems facing the country. YES... Read more
SARS appoints acting Chief Officer
Mark Kingon has been appointed as acting Chief Officer of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) following the resignation of Jonas Makwakwa. Kingon, who has been with the revenue service for close to 34 years, has been appointed to temporarily fill the post of Chief Officer: Business and Individual... Read more
Slight dip in quarterly employment numbers
Employment decreased by 34 000 quarter-on-quarter, from 9 651 000 in March 2017 to 9 617 000 in June 2017, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) announced on Thursday. Releasing the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) for June, Stats SA said the dip was largely due to decreases in manufacturing 13... Read more
Security officers to get salary increase
South Africa’s Private Security Sector minimum wage will increase by an average of 6.4% with effect from 1 September 2017, says the Department of Labour. The new Sectoral Determination (SD) will be applicable until 31 August 2018. According to the department, the current minimum wage increases for all other... Read more
Labour to host employment equity workshops
The Department of Labour is expected to host two workshops to advocate employment equity (EE) compliance in the Eastern Cape. The Department of Labour uses the EE compliance workshops to create awareness of compliance with the Employment Equity Act, and help prepare employers for the requirements needed when submitting... Read more
Labour inspects JSE-listed companies
The Department of Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch has initiated a National Director General (DG) Review to inspect 72 JSE Securities-listed companies to ensure compliance with employment equity. The initiative is part of promoting equity in the labour market. The National Director-General Review team started with the... Read more

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