Employment Promotion in a Minerals Economy

The SA economy can be characterized as a minerals economy, with a small market and low skill levels. Hence, most foreign investment is attracted to resource extraction, basic beneficiation or government-generated opportunities. There are many indications that SA suffers from the ‘resource curse’. The dominance of basic minerals and metals in SA’s export profile contributes…


Dynamic and Follower Sectors

Altman and Ngandu consider the role of different kinds of sectors’ contribution to growth and employment. Historically, goods production and exports have been a central focus of employment strategies. However, a growing majority of employment created globally is found in services, which are often considered to be non-traded sectors. This raises concerns for policy that…