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Vol 52 No 5

Published 4th March 2011


South Africa

It's all about jobs

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan stakes everything on the government’s attack on unemployment

Job creation and social services would be government’s top political measures, said Finance Minister Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan in his budget speech on 24 February. He warned that without cooperation over economic issues, South Africa might suffer a popular rebellion like those in North Africa. Those troubles, he said, were ‘about allowing inequality to grow, allowing joblessness to grow, about a state that doesn’t actually perform, about a minority that accumulates things for itself.’

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