ANC’s jobs plan laugh­able

Business Day - - OPINION -

It is laugh­able to read once again that the ANC is now go­ing to pro­duce a new man­i­festo to pro­vide “so­lu­tions” to solve un­em­ploy­ment. The ANC prob­a­bly doesn’t re­alise it, but the pres­i­dent had a job sum­mit a few months back with all sorts of glib state­ments be­ing thrown about. The govern­ing party has had 20 years where it has pro­duced many sum­mits, many man­i­festos, lots of in­ves­ti­ga­tions and a lot of hot air.

Un­for­tu­nately for SA we are los­ing jobs on a quar­terly ba­sis. The only an­swer that the ANC can come up with is “you will see when the pres­i­dent un­veils the man­i­festo on Fri­day”. It has been in con­trol and un­der its rule we have al­most 10mil­lion peo­ple un­em­ployed. The youth are about 55% un­em­ployed, and the trade unions have warned us that we are in for a “jobs blood­bath”.

Hope­fully South Africans will take note of how the govern­ing party has very ef­fec­tively de­stroyed our econ­omy and cre­ated an en­vi­ron­ment where jobs are be­ing lost daily. With the un­of­fi­cial fig­ure of al­most 40% of SA un­em­ployed, any coun­try in the world would en­sure that the gov­ern­ment is thrown into the near­est trash can.

We are on the cusp of an ex­tremely im­por­tant elec­tion, and I trust that every think­ing voter re­sponds to the job pres­sure by ac­tively com­ing out to vote for a party that has ef­fec­tively shown that it can grow jobs where it rules. The Western Cape has clearly shown that it was able to cre­ate more jobs than all the other prov­inces com­bined dur­ing the last quar­ter. It is not dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to look at the ac­tual sit­u­a­tion and make an in­formed de­ci­sion.

Michael Ba­graim DA shadow min­is­ter of labour

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