Ramaphosa declares Friday, 15 December 2023, a public holiday

What I have seen is when contractors become permanent, sickness suddenly increases. :cool:

As a contractor forever, I recall taking 6 sick leave in last 20+ years as I don't get paid if I don't work.

You need a moral high trust society for things to work well.

Otherwise you have people come in sick because they're either afraid of losing their job or don't want to not be paid. This is not good for obvious reasons. If you do protected sick leave you then have some people abuse the system and call in sick for babalaas. You could eventually weed these people out, but after some losses.
 
That ol chestnut... it's just a one-off/temporary measure.

Separating the paper receipt from real money aka 'Closing the gold window' was promised by Nixon to be only a temporary measure.

US national debt at the time, in 1971: $378 billion

US national debt in 2023: $33 trillion

Some people just can't see the addiction that is State Welfare.

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Too early. I haven't had coffee yet lexy.
 
Too early. I haven't had coffee yet lexy.
I don't know exactly the number of workers who will stop producing for a day.

But it brings to mind the concept of a man-day. For example the following sentence should illustrate...

"This project requires staffing of 1000 man-days over a six-month period."

But, but. but, you say... there are only around 180 days in 6 months.

10 million workers, who stop producing for 'a day', is 10 million man-days of non-productivity.

The SAn president, who doesn't have the first clue on how an economy produces anything (no Communist does), clips the life-saving economy to the tune of of 10 million man-days.... when he could just as well have declared the Saturday a day of celebration.

Ofc, who suffers? The small-business/entrepreneur i.e. the enemy of every Communist and every politically-connected corporate, and that small business's low-wager earners who's jobs are now in jeopardy.

Misery loves company, not success.
 
I don't know exactly the number of workers who will stop producing for a day.

But it brings to mind the concept of a man-day. For example the following sentence should illustrate...

"This project requires staffing of 1000 man-days over a six-month period."

But, but. but, you say... there are only around 180 days in 6 months.

10 million workers, who stop producing for 'a day', is 10 million man-days of non-productivity.

The SAn president, who doesn't have the first clue on how an economy produces anything (no Communist does), clips the life-saving economy to the tune of of 10 million man-days.... when he could just as well have declared the Saturday a day of celebration.

Ofc, who suffers? The small-business/entrepreneur i.e. the enemy of every Communist and every politically-connected corporate, and that small business's low-wager earners who's jobs are now in jeopardy.

Misery loves company, not success.
Don't forget to count allocated sick days as non productive days, even if they're not sick and at work.
 
I don't know exactly the number of workers who will stop producing for a day.

But it brings to mind the concept of a man-day. For example the following sentence should illustrate...

"This project requires staffing of 1000 man-days over a six-month period."

But, but. but, you say... there are only around 180 days in 6 months.

10 million workers, who stop producing for 'a day', is 10 million man-days of non-productivity.

The SAn president, who doesn't have the first clue on how an economy produces anything (no Communist does), clips the life-saving economy to the tune of of 10 million man-days.... when he could just as well have declared the Saturday a day of celebration.

Ofc, who suffers? The small-business/entrepreneur i.e. the enemy of every Communist and every politically-connected corporate, and that small business's low-wager earners who's jobs are now in jeopardy.

Misery loves company, not success.
The "funny" thing about this is that in most formal contracts with a programme, the declaration of a new public holiday when the contractor cannot work is an almost automatic extension of time with costs. Certainly "cost" will in the tens of millions; maybe hundreds if one looks at SANRAL etc.
 
Unless they want to get all the benefits, including minimum wage, no taxi fare, no food, no Christmas and birthday money. Then I'll do it. Or, I'll just make use of gardening and cleaning services.
Interesting. So you do recognize there are costs associated with employment.

And if costs get too high, you'll just get rid of them and go the more economic route?

Look who's the stellar employer now? Oh wait, you're not an employer.
 
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I don't know exactly the number of workers who will stop producing for a day.

But it brings to mind the concept of a man-day. For example the following sentence should illustrate...

"This project requires staffing of 1000 man-days over a six-month period."

But, but. but, you say... there are only around 180 days in 6 months.

10 million workers, who stop producing for 'a day', is 10 million man-days of non-productivity.

The SAn president, who doesn't have the first clue on how an economy produces anything (no Communist does), clips the life-saving economy to the tune of of 10 million man-days.... when he could just as well have declared the Saturday a day of celebration.

Ofc, who suffers? The small-business/entrepreneur i.e. the enemy of every Communist and every politically-connected corporate, and that small business's low-wager earners who's jobs are now in jeopardy.

Misery loves company, not success.
I don't think the ANC is in anyway capable to consider what is best for the economy. If you want to run a company in South Africa you need to realise the clown show that goes with it. Business will make some adjustments and shift workers, such the mining and farming industries pumping volumes will continue as usual, some will just get a little bonus for working on a public holiday. If anything we are lucky, see a boost in team morale due to false sense of a bit of freedom from the modern day lazy slaves, companies will have a bit of a productivity boost. Or alternatively, there is a wave of covid blowing past, maybe another lockdown is needed to safe some lives. Have to secure future work force.
 
I don't think the ANC is in anyway capable to consider what is best for the economy. If you want to run a company in South Africa you need to realise the clown show that goes with it. Business will make some adjustments and shift workers, such the mining and farming industries pumping volumes will continue as usual, some will just get a little bonus for working on a public holiday. If anything we are lucky, see a boost in team morale due to false sense of a bit of freedom from the modern day lazy slaves, companies will have a bit of a productivity boost. Or alternatively, there is a wave of covid blowing past, maybe another lockdown is needed to safe some lives. Have to secure future work force.
There is no pretense of doing what is good for teh country. They are only doing what is good for anc votes
 
Interesting. So you do recognize there are costs associated with employment.

And if costs get too high, you'll just get rid of them and go the more economic route?

Look who's the stellar employer now? Oh wait, you're not an employer.
Did you realize what point you are missing yet?
 
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