ANC plan to tackle high rate of youth joblessness
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.”