‘Explosive’ jobs crisis imperils South Africa

Covid-19 descended on South Africa when the country was already reeling from a deepening jobs crisis. The pandemic’s economic assault pushed the unemployment rate to record levels into 2021, indicating that recovery would be hard-won.

If unemployment continues to climb, experts say South Africa’s economy risks becoming unviable as the country is thrust into a growth-killing cycle of political and social disorder — and most agree that not enough is being done to avert this.

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Sarah Smit
Sarah Smit
Sarah Smit is a general news reporter at the Mail & Guardian. She covers topics relating to labour, corruption and the law.

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