UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES ON THE RISE

The number of employees in South Africa's formal nonagricultural sector decreased by 1 000 between March and June, owing to a decrease in the manufacturing, transport, business services and construction industries, Statistics South Africa's (Stats SA's) Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey for the second quarter of the year reveals.

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GOVERNMENT NON PAYMENT HINDERING GROWTH IN THE INDUSTRY

A major obstacle to growth in the building and construction industry is the non-payment by government and municipalities in the country. Projects are often stalled, as developers wait to be paid. With a government squeeze on infrastructure spending, the outlook for civil construction was tight.

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CONSTRUCTION IN WESTERN CAPE TO GROW

While the national construction picture may not seem too rosy, prospects for the construction sector in the Western Cape are set to continue to grow over the next few years, helped by a good dose of residential construction.

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EMPLOYMENT SERVICES ACT TO DECREASE UNEMPLOYMENT LEVELS

The Building Industry Bargaining Council announced its support of the Employment Services Act, No 4 of 2004 (ESA), which came into effect on 9 August 2015. “The purpose of ESA is to establish productivity within South Africa, decrease levels of unemployment, and provide for the training of unskilled workers,” explained Ronel Sheehan, Secretary for Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).

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