More jobs cre­ated: Nssa

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Harare Bu­reau

OVER 20 000 new jobs were cre­ated in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor over the past two years, while 10 000 jobs were cre­ated in the min­ing sec­tor over the same pe­riod.

New em­ploy­ment has also been cre­ated in sec­tors such as food pro­cess­ing, cloth­ing and footwear, and print­ing and pub­lish­ing, among other sec­tors and in­dus­tries.

Statis­tics from the In­for­ma­tion, Pub­lic­ity and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­istry show that the Na­tional So­cial Se­cu­rity Au­thor­ity recorded 800 000 employees in 2018 against 279 302 in 2017 and 252 234 in 2016.

The num­ber of em­ploy­ers has also been in­creas­ing. The fig­ures are for reg­is­tered em­ploy­ers and employees. The statis­tics show that gen­eral ranch­ing and farm­ing had 2 056 em­ploy­ers in 2016 and 107 405 employees. The num­ber rose to 2 150 em­ploy­ers and 120 296 employees in 2017. This year, the sec­tor has 2 269 em­ploy­ers and 133 120 employees.

“In the gen­eral min­ing sec­tor, there were 500 em­ploy­ers in 2016 with 48 204 employees be­fore the fig­ures leapt to 549 em­ploy­ers su­per­in­tend­ing a work­force of 55 453 in 2017 and cur­rently there are 610 em­ploy­ers and 59 959 employees,” the statis­tics re­veal.

Tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­ers have in­creased from 39 in 2016 to 45 in 2018, all of them em­ploy­ing 5 461 and 6 003 peo­ple re­spec­tively.

“There is also an in­crease in veg­eta­bles and an­i­mal oils man­u­fac­tures which in­creased from seven to 10 in the last two years while employees have in­creased from 1 417 to 1 779 dur­ing the same pe­riod. The coun­try has also wit­nessed an in­crease in the man­u­fac­tur­ers of drug and medicine sec­tor from 13 in 2016 to 16 in 2018 while 1 119 employees were recorded in 2018 from 877 in 2016. Milk pro­duc­tion and distri­bu­tion em­ploy­ers grew from 19 in 2016 to 24 in 2018 while employees grew to 837 from 692 dur­ing the same pe­riod.”

Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa

re­cently said em­ploy­ment fig­ures had hit a his­toric high due to var­i­ous Gov­ern­ment poli­cies. Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has set his sights on trans­form­ing Zim­babwe into an up­per mid­dle-in­come econ­omy by 2030.

In an in­ter­view, Con­fed­er­a­tion of Zim­babwe In­dus­tries pres­i­dent Mr Sife­lani Ja­bangwe said: “Gov­ern­ment poli­cies such as SI 64 saw a num­ber of com­pa­nies open­ing up, while the New Dis­pen­sa­tion saw some com­pa­nies such Olivine and Cairns be­ing re­sus­ci­tated. We are on the right path as a coun­try de­spite the re­cent chal­lenges that the coun­try has been go­ing through dur­ing the last quar­ter of the year. I be­lieve it is a tem­po­rary set­back. What is now needed is for the Gov­ern­ment to re­duce the bud­get deficit, cut for­eign cur­rency out­flows and pro­mote ex­ports.”

Em­ploy­ment fig­ures are likely to soar as var­i­ous Gov­ern­ment sup­ported projects take off. Re­cently, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa of­fi­ci­ated at the ground-break­ing cer­e­mony of Acar­dia Lithium Mine in Goromonzi, which is set to em­ploy over 700 peo­ple in just the first phase. Roads projects around Zim­babwe have po­ten­tial to cre­ate more than 10 000 jobs. Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has com­mis­sioned Hwange 7 and 8 ther­mal project, and Sha­banie-Mashaba Mine will soon re-open, with the two ini­tia­tives po­ten­tially em­ploy­ing 9 000 peo­ple.

He has also launched the $4,2 bil­lion Karo Re­sources con­sol­i­dated plat­inum project that will em­ploy well over 10 000 peo­ple di­rectly and in­di­rectly at its peak.

Fur­ther, com­pa­nies like Zi­masco, Bin­dura Nickel Cor­po­ra­tion, Para­mount Gar­ments, Treger Hold­ings, Tan­ganda Tea Com­pany and Suzan Gen­eral Trading have recorded a quan­tum leap in ex­ports.

As of Septem­ber this year value of ex­ports stood at US$3,01 bil­lion, an 18,1 per­cent in­crease from the US$2,55 bil­lion re­alised be­tween Jan­uary and Septem­ber last year. The min­ing sec­tor has been the lead­ing light, with gold out­put al­ready out­strip­ping the 24 tonnes pro­duced last year and ex­pected to reach 30 tonnes by the end of 2018.

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