Why focus on Scarce and Critical skills?
Many analysts regard poor skills levels as the most important because of South Africa’s high unemployment rate. One explanation frequently offered for South Africa’s high levels of unemployment is the shortage of skills. While it is important to address the very low skills levels among the unemployed, it is equally important to increase the country’s supply of skilled people (CDE Report, 2011). Research has shown that South Africa needs skilled immigrants, and the immigration of skilled people has improved in the past five years.