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Intergenerational mentoring benefits both older and younger colleagues, as well as their employers. Marcin Balcerzak/from www.shutterstock.com

Tackling hidden issues for older workers delivers wide-ranging returns

Many hidden obstacles confront Australia's older workers, so what workplace changes can be made to maximise the benefits and reduce the problems of an ageing population?
South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has a difficult task of performing a balancing act as the country’s economy grows slowly. Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

Q&A: is fiscal discipline the right recipe for South Africa?

South Africa needs to spend more to stimulate economic growth. But this should not be unproductive or wasteful expenditure.
It’s not the quantity but quality of jobs on offer to young people that deserves further attention. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Youth unemployment ‘crisis’ more about job quality

The current discussion about youth unemployment overlooks some nuances of the data that should be helping shape policy.
Unemployed South Africans wait for work outside a factory gate in downtown Johannesburg. A wage subsidy could help reduce the numbers by offering opportunities to school leavers. Reuters

How a wage subsidy can alleviate South Africa’s youth unemployment

South Africa's unemployment figures have been stubbornly high over the past two decades. One policy measure that could help alleviate the pressure is a youth wage subsidy.
Unused cooling towers overlooking an informal settlement in Soweto. A new study suggests that poverty in South Africa is actually higher than the figures usually quoted. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

How current measures underestimate the level of poverty in South Africa

A review of South Africa's methodology to measure poverty shows that 60% of people in the country are poor. This is way higher than the figures that are usually quoted.
Unemployment is the main concern for about half of South Africa’s poor population while the other half is concerned about low earnings or the poor quality of work. Reuters/Jon Herskovitz

How high unemployment has eclipsed the plight of South Africa’s working poor

One in five workers in South Africa is poor. The plight of the working poor has wide implications. Employers have a responsibility to ensure a minimum level of decent wages.

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