ANC plan to tackle high rate of youth job­less­ness

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO -

THE ANC be­lieves that mass youth ap­pren­tice­ships will help bridge South Africa’s vast skills gap, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa said yes­ter­day.

The gov­ern­ing party made a call for mass ap­pren­tice­ships in its 2019 elec­tion man­i­festo, which was launched at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium in Dur­ban yes­ter­day, when Ramaphosa de­liv­ered the ANC’s 107th an­niver­sary Jan­uary 8 state­ment be­fore a ca­pac­ity crowd.

Much of Ramaphosa’s speech cen­tred on ways to kick-start South Africa’s stag­nant econ­omy and re­duce the high rate of youth un­em­ploy­ment, with eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion be­ing piv­otal.

Ac­cord­ing to the man­i­festo, “Too many peo­ple are un­em­ployed, par­tic­u­larly among the youth, and too many jobs are lowly paid and in­se­cure. Our plan for more jobs and de­cent jobs takes for­ward the out­comes of the pres­i­den­tial jobs sum­mit aimed at pro­tect­ing and cre­at­ing de­cent jobs with a fo­cus on ad­dress­ing youth un­em­ploy­ment.

“The pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor must take con­crete steps to bridge the gap be­tween skills and the labour mar­ket, in­clud­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of mass ap­pren­tice­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for young men and women.”

The man­i­festo also calls for broad­en­ing own­er­ship through the coun­try’s mixed econ­omy “with a fo­cus on ex­tend­ing worker own­er­ship across the sec­tors of the econ­omy”.

The man­i­festo also speaks to a sus­tain­able land re­form pro­gramme that ex­pands par­tic­i­pa­tion in and own­er­ship of agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion, ad­vances food se­cu­rity, and helps re­verse the apartheid spa­tial sepa­ra­tion of cities and towns.

“This will be done through a range of mea­sures, in­clud­ing ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion.”

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