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Contemporary Labour Market Policy and Poverty in South Africa

  • Muzi Maziya

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    (Office of the Premier – Mpumalanga)

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    The This paper outlines the recent labour market reforms in South Africa and discusses their likely impact on poverty and the working poor. Gauteng, South Africa's economic powerhouse, has long been dependent on immigration to supply its labour requirements, a phenomenon deeply rooted in the provinces early economic history and the development of mining and heavy industry. As far as possible, the analysis compared in-migrants to non-migrants and intra-Gauteng migrants in order to provide insight into special benefits or challenges that in-migrant households may present. The Labour Force Survey module on migrant labour allowed the profiling of migrant labourers and the approximation of economic links between Gauteng and other provinces as represented by remittances.

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    Paper provided by University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit in its series Working Papers with number 99034.

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    Length: 22 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 1999
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    Publication status: Published in Working Paper Series by the Development Policy Research Unit, December 1999, pages 1-22
    Handle: RePEc:ctw:wpaper:99034
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    1. Gahan, P. & Robinson, J.A., 1998. "What Model for the South African Labour Market? Lessons from the OECD and LDC's," Papers 119, The University of New South Wales. Department of Industrial Relations..
    2. Murray Leibbrandt & Haroon Bhorat, 1999. "Correlates of Vulnerability in the South African Labour Market," Working Papers 99027, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
    3. Lustig, N. & Mcleod, D., 1996. "Minimum Wages and Poverty in Developing Countries : Some Empirical Evidence," Papers 125, Brookings Institution - Working Papers.
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