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Ten days ago, officials for two ministers asked me to assist in preparing submissions on the government’s so-called economic recovery plan for a cabinet retreat that was held last week. Making such requests on the weekend before such an important meeting shows how seriously government takes the issue of developing a plan to reignite an economy that has created only 145,000 jobs since December 2008.

Over the same period, the labour force increased by 6.6-million people. As a result, the number of unemployed people increased by 6.5-million to 12.4-million. The expanded unemployment rate increased to 45.5%, according to the latest Stats SA labour force survey for the first quarter of 2022...

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