South Africa’s Labour Deputy Minister iNkosi Phathekile Holomisa is expected to deliver an opening address at the BRICS Labour and Employment Working Group to share his vision on concrete projects the economic block can pursue.
The Deputy Minister said: “As South Africa, we have put forward a proposal to create specialised working groups that will focus on the different areas of labour market governance, such as public employment services and employment generation, labour inspections, collective bargaining and social security”.
Holomisa said BRICS should pull its resources “to tame the raging bull”, which is unmanageable high levels of unemployment, especially amongst youths.
iNkosi Holomisa will address the opening on Monday (30 July) of the second and last BRICS meeting of South Africa as chair from Monday to Friday at Fairmont Zimbali Hotel in Kwa-Dukuza, KwaZulu-Natal.
Hosted by the Department of Labour, the meeting will be held under the theme: “BRICS in Africa: Developing Countries for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the New Industrial Revolution”.
The Labour and Employment Working Group (LEWG) will take place from Monday 30th July to Wednesday 1st August as a precursor to the Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting (LEMM). The LEMM is scheduled for Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd August.
Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant and the Department of Labour’s Director General Thobile Lamati will respectively chair the Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting and the Labour and Employment Working Group meetings.
The topics of discussion during the week-long event will include:
· Enhancing and improving youth employment;
· Decent work and Economic Growth: women participation: Equal pay for work of equal value;
· Deepening cooperation on social dialogue and tripartism; and
· Previous commitments such as the change driven by technological, globalisation, demographics, social values and the changing of personal expectations of the workforce.
As part of the BRICS Outreach Programme, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states, Republic of Namibia and the Kingdom of eSwatini in addition to the host will be in attendance as well as the international technical partners, namely, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Agency (ISSA). Delegates from BRICS member states will comprise of government, employer organisations as well as worker organisations.
The opening sessions on Monday (LEWG) and Thursday (LEMM) are open to the media.
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