Estimates of the number of jobs lost in SA due to the Covid-19 crisis have risen as high as 3-million. Whatever the actual figure, the scale is devastating, especially when you note how many breadwinners have five, six or more family members who depend on their meagre monthly wage packet. 

Unemployment in SA was dire before Covid-19. It has now reached the proportions of a biblical plague. The government has limited resources to boost job creation, the private sector has limited capacity, and trade unions have divided loyalties between preserving the jobs of their own members and the wider good...

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