The government is proposing an income freeze for everyone earning over R550 000 a year in salaries and bonuses and a cap at current inflation on increases for everyone earning more than R20 000 a month, Ebrahim Patel, the minister of economic development told MPs.
The government tabled its new growth path in parliament today, defining a framework for discussions with business and labour on strategies to raise annual economic growth to at least 7% of GDP.
Part of the plan is for a social accord between business, government and labour on price and wage restraint.
“There is more space at the top end of the labour market for sacrifices,” Patel said.
The document proposes that only those earning less than R20 000 a month should get increases above the inflation rate and then by only a few percentage points.
Patel confirmed that the government’s target would be to create five million new jobs in the next 10 years and said most of them would have to come from the private sector.
South Africa’s 119 nursing colleges are running at 110 % of their capacity, but with less than half the optimal number of staff, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has told parliament.
In written replies to questions put by Democratic Alliance health spokesman Mike Waters, Motsoaledi said the state’s nursing colleges and schools should have 4 479 staff, but actually have only 2 033, which is 45.5 % of the optimal level.
But while they have the capacity to train 19 575 nurses at any one time, the colleges actually have 21 462 students enrolled.
Motsoaledi conceded that only 19 schools and colleges had been inspected since 1998 to make sure the meet the state’s requirements and the most recent inspections were in 2004.
“That figure really is disgusting. It makes my blood boil,” Waters said.
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Julius Malema has put his cards on the table with a formal proposal to his ANC Youth League’s policy conference that existing mines should be nationalised – with or without compensation – and that any new mine should be licenced only if the state is given a 60 percent share.
The ANC has consisently dismissed Malema’s campaign for nationalisation, but has agreed to discuss the Youth League’s call at its policy conference in September.
The Youth League will prepare the ground with a discussion at its own policy conference next month and the likely adoption of a resolution to be taken to the main party meeting a month later.