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Title:African labour supplies in the Rhodesian economy
Author:Hawkins, A.M.
Periodical:Rhodesian Journal of Economics
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Abstract:According to the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Mr. Rowan Cronje, 'there is no unemployment in Rhodesia. The fact is that we have a shortage of labour...' Yet during 1975 an estimated 8.000 Rhodesian African mineworkers were recruited to work in South Africa as part of an agreement with the Rhodesian government. At the root of the Minister's complacency is a refusal to face the fact 1) that the African male population of working age is growing faster than the money economy's capacity to create jobs, and 2) that employment in different sectors of the economy can not be meaningfully analysed without reference to wage differentials and working conditions. So long as the African rural sector is to be treated as the area of least investment - in physical and human terms - and least effort in the economy, the 'burden' on the wage sector will become increasingly intolerable. Although the Minister of Finance, Mr. David Smith, referred to the need for rural development, there was little in his 1976 budget to suggest that this task was being given the priority necessary. Notes, tables, graph.