‘More jobs and an end to state cap­ture’

Cape Argus - - FRONT PAGE - JA­SON FELIX

THE ELEC­TION race kicked into high gear after the ANC fired the start­ing gun with the Jan­uary 8 state­ment to cel­e­brate 107 years since its found­ing.

ANC pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa has been traips­ing the north­ern and east­ern parts of the coun­try drum­ming up sup­port for his “new dawn”.

Ramaphosa de­liv­ered the main ad­dress at the ANC’s 107th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in Dur­ban, where he promised among other things, more jobs and an end to state cap­ture.

Ramaphosa said the fo­cus of the party’s man­i­festo was a plan to cre­ate many more jobs and en­sure that all work­ers could earn a de­cent liv­ing.

“We live in a coun­try where, by the broader def­i­ni­tion, more than 9 mil­lion South Africans are un­em­ployed.

“Out of ev­ery 10 young South Africans, four are nei­ther in em­ploy­ment, nor ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

“This is a tragedy of vast pro­por­tions, a di­rect chal­lenge to the prom­ise of our demo­cratic Con­sti­tu­tion and the cause of great hard­ship and de­s­pair,” Ramaphosa said.

He said the most press­ing task for the coun­try was to set the econ­omy on a higher path of shared growth and to trans­form its struc­ture.

But the DA’s Ge­ordin Hill-Lewis said the big­gest fo­cus of the ANC’s 2019 man­i­festo hinged on jobs, an area in which it had a failed track record.

“Ramaphosa boasted that the econ­omy has tripled in size since 1994,” he said.

“What he failed to men­tion is that the un­em­ploy­ment rate has in­creased since Ram­phosa took over as pres­i­dent.

“Even worse, the South African ex­panded youth un­em­ploy­ment rate is now at 50.1% – the high­est in the world,” Hill-Lewis said.

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