Government vows to protect construction industry in South Africa

26 November 2015

The government will aggressively protect the construction industry in South Africa to save jobs the minister for Economic Development Ebrahim Patel has announced.

Presenting a state of the economy since the labour federation’s last congress in 2012, Mr Patel said that the government has imposed tariff increases on construction imports to save South African jobs. The minister was speaking while addressing scores of delegates at the Congress of South African Trade Unions in Midrand. 

He said since the last Cosatu congress, 1.2 million jobs have been created and 1.8 million people have entered the job market. Sectors that have created the most jobs are construction, government and business. However the manufacturing sector has recorded job losses.

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