The South African economy is in serious trouble. Second-quarter gross domestic product figures indicate that the economy contracted by 1.3 percent quarter on quarter, with the manufacturing and agricultural sectors reported to be in a technical recession.

It is a generally accepted truth that such lacklustre economic performance would not bode well for employment or for job creation in the affected sectors.

It was, therefore, with surprise that a number of analysts noted what appeared to be very counter intuitive labour force movements in the agricultural sector as reported by Statistics SA in the three Quarterly Labour Force Surveys (QLFS) reported on this year.

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