Al­low ar­ti­sans to stay, not stray

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - DIS­AP­POINTED WIFE

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?

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