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A sectoral analysis of wood, paper, pulp industries in South Africa

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Department of Labour South Africa

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Pogue, Thomas E


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The primary purpose of this research project is to facilitate synchronisation of the education and training requirements of the wood, paper, and pulp (WPP) sector with its development strategies. It seeks to enhance complementarities within the Department of Labour's skills development mandate and the strategic development needs of the WPP sector. In this regard, it is one of fourteen sector studies collectively designed to provide an analytical 'bridge' for more effective information flow between the sectoral context on the demand-side and the National Skills Development Strategy on the supply side. In order to provide as comparable and comprehensive overview as is possible this study has adopted a similar approach to the other sectoral studies. Spatial dynamics are detailed in terms of volume of product, employment, and the value of these products. Key drivers for change are also reviewed. These drivers include policies across spheres and tiers government. Industry strategies and international competitive drivers are considered as well. Constraints and opportunities within the sector and its sub-sectors are reviewed with interdependencies between segments of the WPP sector being given special attention. Within each of the major components of the sector specific firm level case studies review what appear to be critical strategies and dynamics in the skills development systems. The strengths and weakness of the WPP skills system are thereby reviewed and priority interventions identified.

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