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SA’s persistently high unemployment rate is shocking. On an upward trajectory for decades, it seems overwhelmingly unsolvable. Eustace Davie, a director at the Free Market Foundation, has been haunted by this tragedy for a long time. Despite pleas and proposals from Davie and others, there has been no traction or progress made so far. In fact, Davie believes government legislation is creating and exacerbating — rather than reducing — such mass unemployment. We have a shocking 9.4-million people unemployed, 37% of the potential workforce. The granularity of this humongous statistic, being heavily weighted towards the young and those who are discouraged, is even more alarming. With Cosatu being silent on this national disaster and the South African educational system in a dire state, Davie sees no effort to solve the problem. Our Bill of Rights is failing the unemployed and government mumblings on the issue do not even scratch the surface, he says.The problem continues to grow as the ...

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