Stop mak­ing ba­bies, chase money – Mabuza

R800m deal for con­struc­tion and agri­cul­ture

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Mandla Khoza

Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza has called on young peo­ple and women in his prov­ince to stop mak­ing ba­bies and ex­ploit the R800-mil­lion busi­ness fund­ing op­por­tu­nity he signed with Stan­dard Bank yes­ter­day.

Mabuza was speak­ing at the launch of the Mpumalanga En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Fund when he told young peo­ple to “stop get­ting many chil­dren” but to go and do busi­ness in or­der to al­le­vi­ate poverty.

Mabuza said the fund­ing com­prises R300-mil­lion ded­i­cated to small busi­nesses, fo­cus­ing on con­struc­tion and R500-mil­lion for agri­cul­ture.

“Take the first step of this jour­ney; as long as I’m in

‘‘ If you go into the bed­room as two don’t come out as three next morn­ing

charge of the prov­ince I prom­ise to go with you and sup­port you.

“Youth stand up, stop mak­ing ba­bies, make South Africa a work­ing coun­try and let’s move away from so­cial grants.”

Mabuza even sug­gested that South Africa needed to come close to de­ter­min­ing how many ba­bies a per­son should have.

“Other coun­tries are do­ing it, telling you that if you go to [the] bed­room as two you must not come out be­ing three the next morn­ing,”

He said as the gov­ern­ment they had vis­ited peo­ple and found that there were peo­ple who needed houses but in the house they had 10 chil­dren.

“We can help with four bed­rooms, but more than four that’s a mass meet­ing.

“Look­ing at the fig­ures re­leased about the prov­ince, it’s gloom. Un­em­ploy­ment is high with very lit­tle ed­u­ca­tion.

“We are try­ing to do away with poverty as gov­ern­ment ...

“We are say­ing as gov­ern­ment we are now buy­ing school nutri­tion from our small busi­nesses, mostly co­op­er­a­tives, and we want to also buy bricks to build houses from you,” said Mabuza.

Mabuza, who is provin­cial chair­man of the ANC, said the fact that peo­ple voted for the ANC must not be a debt but they must use op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Head of re­tail and busi­ness at Stan­dard Bank Tim Whati said: “Although this is busi­ness based, we are com­ing with sup­port to busi­ness value and do­ing re­spon­si­ble lend­ing.

“We are happy for this ven­ture be­cause we are go­ing to be work­ing mostly with ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties who will need to know busi­ness and, at the end, they will know how busi­ness is done,” Whati said.

/ MASI LOSI

Premier of Mpumalanga David Mabuza says the prov­ince has to deal with a high rate of un­em­ploy­ment, which is com­pounded by a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and gen­eral lack of ed­u­ca­tion among the poor.

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