Black Management Forum’s Head of Advocacy, Thought and Leadership, Monde Ndlovu, says bold and decisive leadership is needed to ensure that the South African economy grows.
Speaking in an interview on the SABC News television show Full View, Ndlovu emphasised the importance of addressing the skills mismatch in the country.
He says bold leadership is about having conversations about which skills are needed and which are not. According to Ndlovu, these kinds of conversations will help in dealing with the triple challenge of poverty, inequality, and unemployment.
In the third quarter, unemployment rose to 34.9%, up from 34.4% in the previous quarter.
“So, the whole economic system of the country needs to be re-looked. We really need to have a clearer understanding of what drives the economy, what is going to drive the economy in the future, what kind of skills are necessary moving into the future.”
Ndlovu says to drive the economy forward there needs to be an improvement in terms of skills.
“When you look at the skills level in the country, the degrees that we have in the country, less than 7% of the population have got degrees and diplomas and less than 5% have got TVET colleges certificates, so already we can see that there is a challenge of trying to drive the economy forward, but driving it forward from a skills development perspective there is a challenge there. So, you want to reindustrialise the economy on one side, on the other side you are going to have a challenge of the skills that you need. “
Full View Presenter Bongiwe Zwane interviews Black Management Forum’s Monde Ndlovu: