Key Points:

  • South Africa’s labour market is in crisis, with millions of people in unemployment and high levels of anger at their wages and prospects among many with jobs.
  • Fourty percent of people in South African society are able to work but are unable to find employment.
  • Reforming the labour market includes the recognition that the labour market does not exist in isolation as labour market challenges have roots in problems elsewhere in society.
  • Marikana is a painful reminder that the labour market and its institutions are underperforming for both those in and out of work.