Job Summit to focus on implementation rather than a 'talkshop'

The Job Summit gets underway today in Midrand, where both president Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy David Mabuza are expected to open the summit.

But what exactly will it take to make this Job Summit a success?

Speaking to Xolani Gwala, head employment law at Cowan Harper Attorneys, Rod Harper says what will make the summit a success, is a relatively simple issue and that is for government to recognise the importance of the private sector in creating employment.

READ: Is this week's Job Summit inclusive?

And hence government needs to create an enabling environment which enables the private sector to grow.

Rod Harper, Head The Employment Law at Cowan Harper Attorneys

If the private sector grows, jobs will be created and that will also be supportive of the public sector.

Rod Harper, Head The Employment Law at Cowan Harper Attorneys

The real issue for them is that there is over-regulation for small employers and that increases both the financial cost and the risk.

Gwala also spoke to Director-General at The Department of Labour Thobile Lamati who says the focus of the Job Summit is that everyone needs to look at everything that affects small businesses where it hinders them from growing and so prevents job creation.

The difference between this summit and the other summits that we have had is that the focus has been more on the implementation. We have said from the beginning that we don't want this to be another talk shop and we have looked at the reasons why the other ones failed. And we then said we want to make this one we want to make sure that it succeeds.

Thobile Lamati, Director-General at The Department of Labour

General Secretary of Fedusa Dennis George weighs in on the conversation and says they have attended other summits and the level of success has been a mix because the economy is not creating enough jobs.

And we are now very pleased as after we had a change of leadership, we saw that the leaders of government, business, and labour came forward in a much more determined way, and after the President made an announcement of the two summits that he wants to have this year, we think that this is the kind of right medicine for the country currently to turn around this whole uncertainty.

Dennis George, General Secretary of Fedusa

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