Industrial Strategy, Offshoring, and Employment Promotion in South Africa
South Africa has an extremely high rate of unemployment, but also substantial capacity in the service industries. Business process outsourcing and offshoring (BPO&O) is a rapidly expanding global opportunity through which the country might generate many jobs in traded activities. It is essentially a new activity, enabled by the diffusion of broadband and Internet services…read more >>
Employment Experiences of Graduates
Moleke assesses the inequities in higher education and their consequences in the labour market for people with higher education. The inequalities in the type and source of human capital acquired are often overlooked, and it is argued here that they perpetuate inequalities observed in the labour market. Inequities in acquired human capital eventually influence educational…read more >>
South Africa’s economic development trajectory: implications for skills development strategy.
Altman and Mayer argue that skills development in South Africa must be aligned to the economic and political imperatives of reducing unemployment and poverty, while fostering growth and international competitiveness. The legacy of a resource-based economy, overlaid by apartheid policies, has resulted in widespread poverty, inequality and unemployment existing alongside globally competitive industries. It is…read more >>
Overview of the Economy and Economic Policy
Lowitt and Altman provide a high-level review of the economy’s performance and key policy development in the period 2001–2003. The focus is on economic performance and policy in relation to the demand for labour, and hence human resource development. From a performance perspective, the chapter shows that economic growth was resilient despite a global slowdown and…read more >>