SA: The Skill Distribution and Colour


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It is a known fact that the history of South Africa is a journey from destructive racialism to corrective deliberation to tremendous diversity. As the day goes the realisation of unity has increased to a major level. However, there is still a huge disparity.Find how South Africa could find Solace through Inclusive Growth.

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SA: The Skill Distribution and Colour

  1. 1. History of South Africa... 2
  2. 2. The history of South Africa is that of a journey from destructive racialism to corrective deliberation to tremendous diversity. As the day goes the realisation of unity has increased to a major level. However the turmoil among the people over years and unstable government in the recent past has led to a huge disparity among the black South Africans and the White South Africans. 3
  3. 3. South Africa: A Growing Economy... 4
  4. 4. South Africa is the largest economy in all of Africa accounting for 24% of total African GDP. GDP is estimated at $390.9 Billion (2012) with nominal per capita at $8078 (2011); South African economy is driven by the tertiary sector contributing to 65% of the GDP. The nation also enjoys competitive advantage in agriculture, mining and manufacturing, with diverse sectors such as vehicles, assembling businesses, food processing, information technology (IT), fisheries, clothing, telecommunication, energy, finance and business services and more. The nation is home for 48.6 million people (July 2013), with an estimated labour force of 17.89 million (2012). 5
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  6. 6. Unemployment rate as well is very high at 25%, with the poor seldom having access to economic opportunities or resources. Of this 62% are said to be black Africans. The prevalence of inequality and levels of unemployment among the South African Black has always been a mighty issue that has surfaced on many occasions. 7
  7. 7. Technology has on the other hand become critical for further growth of the nation. With only a fraction of South Africans reaping the benefits of growing economy, planning for an inclusive growth has become quintessential. Black citizens especially need focus for skill development in order to increase their opportunity for skilled jobs and thus alleviate them from poverty. Access to IT is limited among the poor South Africans when compared to the rich. 8
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  9. 9. The skill need starts from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning for children to enhance skills or sow knowledge and skills among the youth. Focused skill building among blacks has become essential for a nation to ensure sustainable development. Policies such as Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) are crucial for the cause. 10
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  11. 11. IT has become the centre of all business solutions and key drivers of major economies of the world. Technology investments are crucial for any economy. There is huge skill gap in South Africa. The skill gap among the blacks of the nation is of course much larger. By integrating IT Education and Training institutes, unskilled youth can be enrolled into courses in the latest technologies such as Big Data, Cloud, Infrastructure Management, IT Security, Application Development, Mobile Computing and more. 12
  12. 12. • “ICT skills shortage continues to constrain the developers and users of technology in their efforts to improve productivity, increase economic activity and create jobs. If we are to “red flag” one area, it is the failure of the education system to generate young people who are familiar with technology and its application in daily life, who are interested in developing and implementing ICTs and who are work-ready when they exit from the system. South Africa cannot afford this failure.” Survey by The JCSE and MICTSETA 13
  13. 13. To realise the country’s full potential it has become imperative to plan for a well strategized skill development that is focused on black youth. IIHT Technologies has the potential to build skills among the disadvantaged; with its success in Mozambique, Nigeria projects, it also has rich experience in upskilling individuals from all backgrounds. 14
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  15. 15. South Africa has more potential due to its huge manpower resources. Training in IT and IMS can transform and ensure quick growth among the people. The income of individuals will easily be in multiples of 2 or more. Yield per employee is believed to be high and increasing due to which IT companies across the world are flourishing. Skilling millions in technologies could yield an estimated USD 40 billion, which could steadfast growth of the economy. Unrest could be brought to an end and economic disparity minimised, alleviating people standard of living and all with skills. 16
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