Key Points:

  • The events at Marikana reflect the crisis in the South African labour market.
  • In November 2012, CDE invited leaders from business, government and organised labour to discuss the implications of Marikana for the future of South Africa’s labour market.
  • 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.
  • In the past few months, this has spilled out into violence, first at Marikana and later in the Cape winelands. In November 2012, CDE hosted a discussion among experts from business, government, academia and labour to explore what the country can learn from the events at Marikana.
  • The proceedings of the discussion are brought together in a new report, Marikana and the Future of South Africa’s Labour Market
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