Allow artisans to stay, not stray
I HAVE JUST READ your report in which Jipsa chairman Gwede Mantashe said he’d find work for any white artisan (22 March). Maybe the shortage isn’t employing but rather keeping them. The question one should also ask is maybe Government should look into the pay of those artisans. Maybe they’ll stay in their field rather than venturing out to look for better-paid jobs.
My husband is white and has been working for Government for the past 20 years. He’s now a foreman earning what most young school leavers earn. Most skilled artisans are either leaving the country to work outside its borders, as they’ll be earning a lot more than they’d ever earn in SA, especially working for Government.
Shouldn’t Government start looking at uplifting such people (seeing that they’re still willing to work for them) rather than paying some hotshot to try and find out why there’s a skills shortage? Then maybe these artisans won’t stray.
Are municipalities ( not Government) advertising their shortage of artisans? If yes, where? They all want artisans to have either an engineering degree or something similar. If all artisans become so educated, who’ll do the work? Why not conduct an exposé of artisans’ salaries in Government?