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The impact of innovation activities on employment growth in South Africa

10 May 2018
12:30 - 14:00

Dr Moses Sithole, Chief Research Specialist, Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, HSRC
Yasser Buchana, PhD Intern, Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, HSRC

Prof. Ivan Turok, Executive Director, Economic Performance and Development, HSRC

Date: 10 May 2018    Time: 12:30 – 14:00  Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

Presentations are available for download below:

It is widely understood that innovation can contribute to alleviating the scourge of unemployment in upper-middle income countries like South Africa, which experience high unemployment rates. However, innovation may also introduce unintended consequences at firm level, such as job losses as a result of product, process or marketing automation. Drawing from an existing methodology, and data from the Business Innovation Survey 2010-2012 dataset, this seminar will explore the relationship between innovation and employment in South Africa by examining the direct and indirect effects of different types of innovation activity on employment growth. Specifically, analysing the link between innovation and employment at firm level yields vital insights into: 1. the factors that influence innovation activity, 2. the direct and indirect effects of different types innovations on employment growth, as well as 3. the impact innovations aimed at saving costs may have on employment. The seminar will take the form of a short presentation on the study’s methodology, followed by an evidence-based dialogue between Dr Moses Sithole and Yasser Buchana, which will be aimed at unpacking and interrogating the results of the research, and elaborating key questions for discussion with the audience.

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Contact : Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

Cape Town: HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact : Carmen Erasmus, Tel: (021) 466 7827, e-mail:

Durban: The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001. Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel: (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786, e-mail:

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

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