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The country’s social partners are engaged in discussions over job creation and retention in the lead-up to the much-anticipated national jobs summit. Business, the government, organised labour and community constituencies at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) have established five working committees to tackle, among other issues, inclusive growth, economic-specific interventions and education and skills. In February, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the summit would be held in 2018 following labour’s requests for a platform where the country’s response to the unemployment crisis and mass retrenchments would be addressed. So far, the government’s approach to the problem has been staggered, with different departments admitting the challenges were being tackled but with no co-ordinated strategy. Nedlac spokeswoman Tidimalo Chuene told Business Day that a date had yet to be set but work had begun in earnest. Nedlac said that an April meeting with Ramap...

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