Letter: Address the real issues - Business Day, 4th July 2012.

Georgina Alexander, a researcher at the Institute, argues that the high unemployment rate in South Africa is a symptom of a much larger problem.


The debate about the new job seekers grant versus the youth wage subsidy refers.

The current level of unemployment is a symptom of much larger and interconnected problems.  South Africa’s low growth, restrictive labour laws, and poor education system all have a great impact on the unemployment rate. If the Government wants to decrease poverty it should address these issues rather than hand out more money.

Georgina Alexander

Researcher at the South African Institute of Race Relations


(To see the letter online please click here.)