Radical policy re-direction is needed amid an absence of visionary and decisive leadership to take the country forward, writes Thabang Motsohi THE frequent illegal strikes in key industrial sectors are symptomatic of a turbulent labour market that also needs urgent legislative reforms to improve opportunities of access. Underlying this unstable scenario is the reality that few people are employed.Our high unemployment numbers indicate that, in simple terms, we are not creating the kind of industries and enterprises that are able to absorb our unskilled working population. Global experience has demonstrated that enterprises which operate successfully in this market segment do so under tight margins. In many cases they do so under government incentive support schemes aimed at providing jobs and improving the living conditions of citizens.This takes us into the area of policy choices. Our industrial development strategy and policy in the past 20 years has been tilted towards allocating...

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