Frederick Fourie is convenor of the employment/unemployment focus area of the REDI3x3 project, based at the Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), University of Cape Town and supported by the South African National Treasury. He is also editor of the online policy forum Econ3x3. Frederick has a PhD in Economics from Harvard University and has focused on unemployment for the past decade. A former Distinguished Professor of Economics, he is currently professor and research fellow at Free State University and a research affiliate at the University of Cape Town.
Data from South Africa tells us why the informal sector cannot be neglected in light of its potential for job creation.