SA Unemployment Issues: This Is How The Guptas ‘Steal’ Jobs From South Africans
October 23, 2017 – Buzz South Africa
Latest report has shown that the Gupta family’s influence on the South African Home Affairs Department may have caused the increasing loss of jobs in the country.
The report says there were many qualified South Africans out of employment who could have done this work had the Gupta family not captured the Home Affairs Department.
The family and its businesses reportedly used top government officials to waive important requirements for work visas for at least 50 foreign nationals and family members, who were brought into South Africa to fill “critical” jobs such as project managers, chefs and chartered accountants.
This, the report says, turned the DHA into a family-own private permit-issuing factory and it was most effective during the time of Minister Malusi Gigaba who is now SA’s Minister of finance.
The project also involved a network of senior and middle-level department officials
SA unemployment rate is said to have risen by 1.2 of a percentage point to 27.7% in the first quarter of 2017 increased by 1.2 – the highest figure since September 2003.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, SA unemployment stood at 26.5%. Statistics SA also reported that there would be more bad news for job-seekers as the formal non-agricultural sector of the economy reported a decline of 34 000 jobs for the quarter ended June 2017.
This is according to the latest Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) report released by Statistics South Africa. The Zuma-led government laid the blame on an unequal distribution of wealth among citizens, hence the introduction of the Radical Economic Transformation in the early years of 2017. Others, however, blamed the government for doing little or nothing to combat the incessant flow of illegal immigrants into the country.
The evidence of the wholesale capture of the DHA is contained in the trove of Gupta e-mails which shows that despite the massive all effort to combat the effect of unemployment on the economy, dozens of curriculum vitae showing highly skilled people looking for jobs still exist.
Then there is the “creative brand manager” eventually employed as a creative director, who appeared to have entered SA in 2008. “It will be a huge loss to the company if we send him back and look out for new candidates since he has been instrumental in the launch of our new TV station and is leading a team of 30 interns (South Africans) and imparting skill sets needed to develop a new breed of TV professionals in the country,” reads the application for a waiver. This has raised the question that if he has been here since 2008, where is the list of people he is supposed to have trained, as required by the Immigration Act.
The rules for bringing foreign workers into SA is that they must school South Africans in their job. This means that a skills transfer plan is required for foreign nationals wanting to apply for an intra-company transfer visa, which forms the bulk of the Guptas’ applications to DHA.
The requirements for employing foreigners are governed by the Immigration Act, the Employment Services Act, and the Labour Relations Act and together they create a spiderweb of red tape. And all of it can be waved away with the stroke of a pen, legally. Many such waivers were signed.
As far as the relationship between the Guptas and DHA goes, it seems time can even be turned back, with a waiver for a project manager being signed off on October 1 in South Africa and the paperwork submitted on October 3 to India.