There’s Enough Work for Every Single South African, Labour Laws and Min Wage Laws Cause Unemployment

Georgina Guedes writes on News24 today regarding beggars on street corners:

it’s worth remembering that the majority of unemployed South Africans (and immigrants) are unemployed because there is no work, not because it’s more fun to sit on a street corner.

That’s not true, there’s plenty of work in South Africa. I bet there’s enough work to go around for every single person who wants to work in this country, whether beggar or immigrant.

The problem is that the ANC and Cosatu have created labour laws that protect unionised (i.e. employed) workers through minimum wage laws, and laws that make it difficult to dismiss underperforming workers, which prevents a huge portion of the population from competing for work at lower wages.