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Human resource management in South Africa: A macro-economic audit

G. van Zyl
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 25, No 2 | a673 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v25i2.673 | © 1999 G. van Zyl | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 June 1999 | Published: 25 June 1999

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G. van Zyl, Rand Afrikaanse University, South Africa

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There should be no doubt in the minds of important economic decision-makers that the widely reported lack of international competitiveness of the South African economy must be addressed as a matter of urgency. Low levels of labour productivity are often listed as one of the major reasons for the lack of international competitiveness. This paper attempts to research the macro aspects of human resource management in South Africa as an essential element of the current debate on the level of competitiveness. The findings of the research clearly indicate a need for the formulation and implementation of a more effective and cohesive strategy on macro human resource management.

Daar is geen twyfel by belangrike ekonomiese besluitnemers dat die gebrek aan intemasionale mededingendheid van die Suid Afrikaanse ekonomie, gesien teen die agtergrond van die wye publisiteit wat dit tans geniet, dringend aandag moet ontvang. Lae produktiwiteitsvlakke word gewoonlik uitgewys as een van die vemaamste bydraende faktore tot die gebrek aan intemasionale mededingendheid. Die artikel poog om die stand van makro menslike hulpbronnebestuur as 'n vemame element van die huidige debat oor mededingendheid, na te vors. Die bevindinge van die navorsing toon bate duidelik 'n behoefte aan die formulering en implementering van 'n meer doelmatige en samehangende strategic vir makro menslike hulpbronnebestuur.


Human resource management; Macro-economic audit


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