Govt must tackle unemployment

via Govt must tackle unemployment – DailyNews Live  10 NOVEMBER 2013  

Recent reports on the increase of the number of unemployed youths is cause for concern and government should act quickly to rectify the situation and create more jobs.

University and tertiary college graduates are increasingly taking up menial jobs, amid a sharp rise in the number of students graduating without any hope of securing employment.

Zanu PF must make good the promise of jobs made in its campaign manifesto.

The high rate of unemployment raises fears of an upsurge in crime and prostitution.

Some highly-qualified young people are routinely taking on “low-skilled” roles to fill gaps in the workforce.

The number of ex-students in “non-graduate” jobs such as shelf stackers, kombi drivers and vendors is soaring, raising fears of another economic downturn, a sad reminder of 2008.

A survey carried out and reported by our sister paper last week shows the majority of students are without work, years after graduating, making employment prospects for newly-capped youths dim.

The employment reality has forced most graduates to turn to basic menial jobs, which is clearly a counter-productive scenario.

At least 30 000 graduates are churned out from universities and tertiary colleges every year, but most of them fail to secure employment due to the declining job opportunities in the formal job market, a situation that has constantly recurred over the past 10 years.

This year alone, President Robert Mugabe, who is the Chancellor of all State universities, capped

2 860 graduates at the University of Zimbabwe, 566 at Bindura State University, 2001 at National University of Science and Technology, 1 343 at the Great Zimbabwe University and 1 245 at Chinhoyi University of Technology.

Nearly 4 000 are expected to graduate from the Midlands State University, further flooding an already clogged market.

After resoundingly stomping to victory in the July 31 elections, we believe Zanu PF will deliver on its promises to the people, by ensuring that more employment opportunities are created, through their indigenisation policy.

The government should use the policy to cement growth and bring hope to thousands of graduates, who are spending years on the streets looking for jobs.

However, with reports that most companies are down-sizing, while some are closing, citing an unfriendly economic climate, the government should come up with other means ways that can help ease the employment crisis before the situation goes out of hand.



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    BossMyass 9 years ago

    For Zimbabwe, land hunger, along with the economic structural adjustment program (ESAP), intensified real hunger. Again, focusing on the international constraints for meaningful post (political) apartheid reforms in Zimbabwe, today and in the future, is not to minimize the role of domestic corruption and political patronage play in increasing inequality. Without addressing the persistence of economic apartheid in the region and inequalities of ESAP, however, the current debates remain ahistorical. Reliance on the market for development in a region still struggling to integrate hostile, violent parties and implement precarious peace accords (Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola) abrogates basic neo-liberal economic theory. It is difficult to rely on the market as an efficient allocator even in a post-conflict zone (the rest of the region).

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    Angel 9 years ago

    Addressing the international context for the current Zimbabwe crisis does not minimize the importance of the domestic causes of the crisis. An international perspective does turn the focus to continuing constraints on change in Zimbabwe, even after internal political transformation. These constraints are severe and antithetical to the interests of the majority of the Zimbabwean people. As the international community engages to assist Zimbabweans in transforming their political and economic relations, that community is also responsible for addressing international exigencies which will impede any Zimbabwean political leaders in pursuing national interests for transfers of land, for multiple regional markets, and for regional food security. By ignoring the global constraints, international actors set up a situation in which it will be difficult for any elected government to rule. Alternative policies exist in the region, but they conflict with dominant international agendas. This source of crisis is as important to address as internal ones. The stakes are high, nothing less than the long-term viability of the political economies of Zimbabwe

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    Tjingababili 9 years ago


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    Peter tosh 9 years ago

    Listen to politricktians at your own peril. Mi nah vote becaw when you vote you give a man an X which is a sign of wrong to do more wrongs. Devil’s works, organism.

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    Nyoni 9 years ago

    We know most politicians worldwide are generally out of touch with the populace. In our case they are clueless altogether. Instead of creating an environment for jobs they have succeeded in doing the opposite. When will this stubborn rabble of Ambassador hotel heavy drinkers get their act together. Is this their passport to fame. GET THE JOB DONE COMRADES OR GO AND DIE IN SOME KOPJE IN LALAPANZI.

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    Hisexcellency 9 years ago

    Govt must either resign or commit suicide ideally. That would be the best possible.

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    god knows what is hppening