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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Theto Mahlakoana.]

The government runs the risk of turning away investors and creating more uncertainty for business by intervening in labour-related disputes.

This is according to labour and economy experts, who say the “interference” by ministers, as illustrated in the current wage talks at Eskom and retrenchment plans of Impala Platinum, was creating an unhealthy collective bargaining environment.

During this winter’s strike season — a period characterised by wage negotiations in various sectors — trade unions have been heavily reliant on government intervention in the event of deadlock with employers.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.4% y/y in April 2019 (CPI) & +6.5 y/y in April 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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