According to Stats SA, the official unemployment rate increased by 1.0 percentage point to 30.1% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.
The number of employed persons decreased by 38,000 to 16.4 million and the number of unemployed persons increased by 344,000 to 7.1 million in Q1: 2020 compared to Q4: 2019, resulting in an increase of 306,000 in the labour force.
As if that was not enough, just few months later, the global covid-19 pandermic ‘registered its unwelcome presence’ by way of adding more fuel to the already ‘cruel blaze’ of unemployment in South Africa. We, therefore, need to stand up for ourselves and ‘do something’ to get ourselves out of this ‘mess’.
Unemployed Citizens Union of South Africa (UCUSA) is a driving force towards that direction.
Come on, lets do it, together!