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The Human Capital and Labour Research Platform offers data and analysis of the latest human capital and labour trends and developments in African countries. It provides users with a better understanding of:
- Employment and labour force trends
- Education, training and skills development
- Skills shortages
- Unemployment and job creation
- Expatriates, immigrants and the diaspora
- Wage and salary trends
- Industrial relations
- Economic indicators
- Standards of living
- Labour market efficiency
- The human resources profession
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Zimbabwe - Emmerson Mnangagwa has been announced the winner of Zimbabwe's presidential election with 50.8% of votes, against MDC-candidate Nelson Chamisa's 44.3%. The military opened fire on MDC members protesting the result, killing six, and a larger crackdown on the opposition party has followed. Read More
South Africa - In a ruling on the status of temporary workers provided by labour brokers to clients, the Constitutional Court has ruled that the employ of workers who work for three continuous months passes to the client. Clients must to hire these workers on a permanent basis. Read More
South Africa - Eskom employees have rejected a 4.7% salary increase offer from the power utility and remain on strike. Eskom has blamed striking workers for having to implement power-saving blackouts. Read More
South Africa - Government will offer thousands of public servants over 60 early retirement in an effort to cut the public sector wage bill after reaching a new 3-year wage deal with public sector unions. Read More
Namibia - Investors have welcomed a decision to scrap a BEE clause based on South Africa's legislation that would require companies to be 25% owned by 'racially disadvantaged' individuals. The government cited recognition that such a clause would not result in broad economic empowerment. Read More
Zimbabwe - Between 2004 and 2014, the largest increases in employment were in household activities (33.2%), education (31.6%) and agriculture, forestry and fishing (26.7%). The latter is the country’s largest employer, providing work to over two-thirds of employed Zimbabweans. Read More
South Africa - South Africa's ranking on the Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018 dropped by 14 places since last year, to 61st. The country's ranking dropped significantly on several institutional indicators, including 'irregular payments and bribes' and 'transparency of government policymaking'. Read More
Kenya - According to the latest figures, 2.9% of Kenyan men aged 15-49 had no formal schooling in 2014, compared to 7% of Kenyan women who have never gone to school. Only 32.8% of men and 26.9% of women had completed secondary school or attained post-secondary school training. Read More
South Africa - The country lost 113,000 jobs from the first quarter of 2017 to the second quarter, according to Stats SA. The largest job losses were in the construction and agriculture sectors. Read More
Egypt - In the 4th quarter of 2017, 24% of state owned company Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries (ENPPI) is set to go on sale as part of the Egyptian government’s efforts to privatise a number of state owned enterprises. Read More
South Africa - The country's Labour Appeal Court ruled in July 2017 that temporary employees contracted to a client by a labour broker would automatically gain legal status as permanent employees of the client company after three months. Read More
Zambia - Zambia’s opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema appeared in court on a treason charge after being arrested for allegedly failing to move out of the way of the presidential motorcade in April. The country’s president has suggested he may initiate a state of emergency. Read More
Lesotho-Swaziland - Lesotho is expected to hold elections again soon after the country’s prime minister was ousted by a vote of no confidence and King Letsie III dissolved the country’s parliament in early March. Read More
Mauritius - Mauritius is the easiest country to conduct business in in sub-Saharan Africa according to the Doing Business 2017 rankings. However, compared to 2016, its ranking has declined in all indicators except registering property and trading across borders, where its rankings remained unchanged. Read More
Botswana - Botswana had the third-highest (22.2%) HIV/Aids rate in the world in 2015, which was higher than the South African rate of 19.2%, Namibian rate of 13.3%, and Zimbabwean rate of 14.7%. Read More
Angola - The literacy rate of Angola’s adult population increased from 67.4% in 2001 to an estimated 71.2% in 2015; the literacy rate for females increased from 54.2% to 60.4%, while the rate for males declined from 82.9% to 82%. Read MoreAll Updates
The Human Capital and Labour Research Portal offered by KR is the only high level work of its kind in the world – from Africa for Africa and the rest of the world. The portal offers the most comprehensive and integrated research on human capital in African countries and therefore constitutes the definitive piece of work on African labour markets. The integrated focus on the demographics of the labour force, education and skills levels in countries depicted in colourful graphs makes it a user-friendly source and “must read” for all business leaders contemplating to do business in African markets. No business leader should pursue these markets without utilising the portal in order to gain a proper understanding of strategic challenges, risks and opportunities, and then to prepare strategies for addressing these issues.
Throughout the research with key statistics and qualitative analysis of the implications and challenges of human capital gaps, recommendations are offered to inform decision-makers of factors impacting their human capital decisions. Thus, the research goes beyond the current rhetoric about lucrative business opportunities, vast potential and unlimited economic growth in African countries to provide a balanced perspective and reality check about top priorities for building human capital in Africa. In essence, the central theme in all the country profiles is that human capital development will be imperative for business success and sustainability in African markets. Current short-term approaches to exploiting labour and keeping human capital costs down in low educated markets cannot be perpetuated and will not be sustainable. Likewise, African governments and business leaders need to step up and prioritise good governance, leadership and human capital development as their top three priorities in making labour markets, and ultimately their countries function optimally.
Effective labour markets and good country governance are inextricably linked and offer the only sustainable solutions to Africa’s problems and challenges. In essence, the Human Capital and Labour Research Portal provides a one-stop solution to analysing labour market and human capital business risks in selected African markets. Ignoring the challenges outlined, and its recommendations will not only put your business at risk, it may limit future business and economic growth in these countries. Fortunately, though, addressing the challenges from a strategic human capital development perspective, may offer a sound approach to strategically position your business in achieving sustainable success in African markets.
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