The Jobs Summit will be held on 4 and 5 October 2018. After months of consultation between government, private sector, unions and community organisations, agreement has been reached on how to accelerate the creation of jobs. The five commissions deliberated skills development, SMME support, regulatory reforms, inclusive growth and transformation.

The event is by invitation only. Each constituency has been allocated 100 seats. If you have queries regarding the event or attendance, please contact NEDLAC here.

If you would like to be involved with Ubuntu Initiative or stay in touch, please click here.




Everyone needs to get involved in job creation. If you are unable to be there, watch a live stream of the summit proceedings below.

Kickstarting initiatives for 100,000 new jobs in 2018

  • 12 months of industry engagement –  Over the last year, we have interacted with close to 200 companies to identify solutions that work. We plan to do more!
  • 20 action plans – We have formed 20 industry task teams. Each industry has formulated their own plan to create 5000 jobs. Now it’s time to start taking action.
  • One Goal – Our purpose is to create 100,000 new jobs in 2018.

JOIN US as we launch the next phase of this bold, exciting initiative.


South Africans are serious about job creation. Over 200 top organisations have resolved to join the fight against unemployment at the launch of the Job Summit on Monday 27th of November in Sandton. We need everyone to join. Our strategy is simple. Give young people a chance to gain work experience. Research has shown that anyone with 6-12 months work experience has a 80% of finding long-term employment.

Become part of the solution, sign up – take on interns, learners and apprentices. They will become tomorrow your best workers. You do not need to be an owner of a business, become a mentor to someone in your company in your community.

We have organised ourselves as industries. Become a member of our industry task team who are developing detailed implementation plans for each sector. We need your involvement.

Contact us, so we can discuss with you how we can help your company fight unemployment and find the people it needs to succeed.

Lets get South Africa working again.

Support for this initiative

The official launch of this initiative took place on the 27th November, 2017 and :

  • Representatives of corporates, SMEs and industry associations across the 20 sectors, government departments, educational institutions, SETA leadership, business representative organisations and non-profit organisations joined us in the launch.
  • The event was broadcast live on eNCA. Throughout the day, we were covered on SABC, eNCA, eTV and ANN7. Invited speakers and directors conducted around 10 radio interviews and 10 TV interviews following the event.  The level of media interest is indicative of the seriousness of the unemployment crisis in the country.
  • More than more than 90% of participants indicated that they would like to join an industry task team and get involved in this initiative.
  •  Our key constituency, the youth of South Africa, has also expressed a keen interest to get involved with us.

In the spirit of Ubuntu, we will therefore be calling on you to take on creating jobs and ending unemployment as your personal cause in 2018.

The Challenge

Today, every second youth in South Africa is unemployed.
Only 10% of the population is responsible for most of the
country’s economic activity. At the same time, there is an
essential need to develop workplace skills.

For South Africa to prosper, we need to vigorously promote
the concept of inclusive growth and push for a level of
collaboration across all sectors of the economy in order to
turn this situation around.

The Solution

Many expect government to solve the unemployment
crisis, but ultimately it is the private sector that creates

The Jobs Summit brings industry peers together to
collaborate on creating and implementing new
employment opportunities. Currently, twenty industry task
teams have been formed to drive sector-based job
creation initiatives.

Speeches 2017

Nolubabalo Mtyelwa-Igwe

Deputy Director Strategy & Special Projects Office of the Deputy President

Bonang Mohale

CEO: Business Leadership South Africa

Dennis George

General Secretary of the Federation of Unions of South Africa

Sunil Geness

President at Information Technology Association of South Africa(ITA), Director of Government Relations and CSR at SAP Africa

Stefan Lauber

Executive Director Ubuntu Initiative

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