According to the World Bank, South Africa’s biggest challenge is its job market. Even in the best of times, the labour market has been marked by high levels of unemployment and inactivity.
However, when there is a high level of employment, economic growth becomes inevitable. Having the freedom to hire additional staff allows small businesses to significantly reduce unemployment rates overtime and contribute to better living conditions for ordinary citizens.
Brand South Africa has given the necessary headway into supporting entrepreneurs, as they work to close this large gap, through the Play Your Part Awards 2021.
The primary aim of the Job Creation category is to acknowledge an individual or organisation that is not only working to eliminate poverty, but is also making inroads in reversing the effects of decades of economic exclusion, coupled with a devastating worldwide pandemic.
According to entrepreneur and Play Your Part Awards judge York Zucchi, “The future of work does not lie in finding a job. The future of work is about selling your expertise to solve a business problem. This is a wonderful future if you are self-motivated and ambitious, which are attitudes that don’t cost anything to acquire. In this new world, everyone can become an entrepreneur and own their destiny.”
The Brand South Africa Play Your Part Awards understand that new employment opportunities can enhance take home pay and financial obligations for previously unemployed or underemployed workers.
Moreover, increasing current employee wages results in higher consumer spending, which benefits other businesses that are dependent on consumer sales for survival. As a result, local economies are healthier, and more small businesses are able to flourish.
“When looking for a winner for the Job Creation category I look for people who make lemonade out of lemons. It doesn’t matter how small or big your impact is, what matters is that you tried and make a difference in someone’s life. A proactive South African society that tries to raise the tide for all boats is a country that is going places! South Africa is full of phenomenal people who roll up their sleeves and want to make a difference.” concludes Zucchi.
If you know an active citizen or organisation that is working to address South Africa’s job creation challenges by responding to high rates of economic inactivity, high rates of unemployment or low levels of self-employment, then tell them to enter the Play Your Part Awards 2021! The entry form is available on the Brand South Africa website: www.brandsouthafrica.com.
For more information on how to enter or nominate an initiative, visit the Brand South Africa website today.
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