The 2018 employment summit is over. There have been some useful agreements between social partners, government, organized work and the economy (mainly large companies). The government has defined the special employment programs currently being implemented and the proposed new programs. Many of these agreements are then implemented in a number of specific employment programmes and integrated regional projects. D. Customs policy reform is a key instrument for the restructuring of the economy, but it must be accompanied by a number of industrial support measures. South Africa has negotiated a wide range of trade agreements that are expected to be concluded in 1999 and which will have a significant impact on the level of tariffs, trade and investment prospects. As part of a strategy to reduce job losses and increase employment, the government will launch a comprehensive process with NEDLAC parties to develop the next round of trade policy programs and prepare for the next round of World Trade Organization negotiations. Job loss and job creation in sectors affected by tariff reform must be a priority and special attention will be given to sectors that have suffered significant job losses in the past 36 months. A detailed agreement to improve the provision of housing and increase the amount of rent available. Under the aegis of the National Productivity Institute, the Ministry of Labour will set up a technical assistance mechanism for the social plan. It is proposed to create representative forums at the industry or company level to examine problems, challenges and possible solutions in advance.
Details of the proposed strategies are available as part of the agreement. Provincial integrated projects will focus on creating conditions for sustainable job creation to facilitate the rapid implementation of all applicable employment strategy agreements. NEDLAC INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT OF RAYMOND PARSONS, OVERALL BUSINESS CONVENOR IN NEDLAC, TO THE PARLIAMENTARY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON LABOUR IN CAPE TOWN ON TUESDAY,12thOCTOBER 1999 JOBS SUMMIT Thank the Portfolio Committee on Labour for the opportunity to give a 15-minute introduction on this subject. Almost a year has passed since the presidential summit on 31 October 1998. We should generally look at the outcome of the summit – and the parliamentary committee on the portfolio in particular. The idea of an employment summit was originally proposed in 1996 by the Labour Market Commission of Inquiry. After some delay, plans for the 1998 presidential summit intensified and took place on 31 October last year. Businesses supported the need for a employment summit and believe the summit has made a valuable contribution to the job creation process in South Africa.
However, companies have repeatedly stressed the need, when creating expectations around the employment summit, to accept the unavailability of “quick” solutions to South Africa`s employment challenges. Unfortunately, there is no magic wand to eliminate unemployment overnight. This is partly due to structural elements of our economy, partly to the historical and global context in which we find ourselves.