Unemployment and AIDS: The Social-Democratic Challenge for South Africa


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dc.creator Nattrass, Nicoli
dc.date 2013-10-01T13:30:19Z
dc.date 2013-10-01T13:30:19Z
dc.date 2003-09
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-28T10:06:24Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-28T10:06:24Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05-28
dc.identifier 0-7992-2208-9
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/11090/634
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/634
dc.description There are two major economic and social security challenges facing South Africa: addressing large-scale unemployment and the AIDS pandemic. As of 2003, an estimated 14% of all South Africans were HIV-positive, with over a thousand people dying each day of AIDS. According to the government household and labour-force surveys conducted from the mid-1990s onwards, about a third of the labour force is without work (Nattrass, 2000a). This amounts to about 4.7 million people and it is, without question, a socio-economic crisis of major proportions. The life-chances and living-standards of entire households are compromised when working-age adults cannot find employment (Seekings, 2003b). Households burdened by AIDS are in an especially difficult position (Desmond et al 2000, Steinberg et al 2002a, 2002b; Booysen, 2002; Booysen et al, 2002). Addressing AIDS and unemployment poses major challenges for social solidarity in South Africa. Over the past decade, the labour-market and industrial-policy environment has benefited relatively high-productivity firms and sectors (Nattrass, 2001). Business thus had strong incentives to reduce dependence on unskilled labour, and once the price of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) started to fall from 2001 onwards, to supply it, either directly or indirectly through medical aids, to their increasingly skilled workforce (Nattrass, 2003). Those without jobs had neither access to earned income nor life-prolonging medication.
dc.language en
dc.publisher CSSR and SALDRU
dc.relation CSSR/SALDRU Working Paper;43
dc.subject Unemployment
dc.subject AIDS
dc.subject HIV
dc.title Unemployment and AIDS: The Social-Democratic Challenge for South Africa
dc.type Working Paper
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Working Paper en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department SALDRU en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Working Paper DA - 2015-05-28 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Unemployment KW - AIDS KW - HIV LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Unemployment and AIDS: The Social-Democratic Challenge for South Africa TI - Unemployment and AIDS: The Social-Democratic Challenge for South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11090/634 ER - en_ZA

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