The government, business and labour are convening for a two-day summit in Pretoria to focus on the unemployment crisis amid criticism that this will be another talk shop. Here is what analysts and economists are saying about the summit: “The summit is important in relation to clarifying issues that must be dealt with. Issues won’t be resolved if the parties adopt ideological rather than practical solutions. There should be deregulation in relation to small employers, to allow them to get into the market and prosper; there is high risk in setting up new business where the regulation is so burdensome that it creates higher financial risks and bureaucratic problems that make it difficult for small businesses to operate,” Rod Harper, head of the employment law, benefit, industrial relations and discrimination department at Cowan-Harper-Madikizela “I want to hear how they plan to deal with youth unemployment. Government does not have a plan on how to handle youth unemployment. I want to ...

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