South Africa's trade union movement, the largest and most disciplined on the
continent, has played an influential role in determining labour market and industrial
relations policies in the country.
President Jacob Zuma referred to our "collective responsibility" to get the economy to perform at
its full potential. South Africans can support the economy by buying a locally made products –
each purchase stimulates demand and builds our industries and creates jobs.
Social security for vulnerable workers is being investigated by the Department of
Labour, which will seek information on international best practice from the
International Labour Organization. A discussion paper will be tabled at Nedlac following
approval by the Cabinet.
The government has unveiled a five-year framework for implementing South Africa's National Development Plan (NDP). The framework will focus the government's efforts on a set of manageable programmes as it works to grow the economy while tackling unemployment, poverty and inequality.
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