Thumbs Up to the Gauteng Youth Unemployment Fight

7 March 2013      


 The IFP Gauteng (IFP-GP) welcomes the education MEC Barbara Creecy's announcement that a skills strategy turn-around programme at technical high schools will be started to try fight youth unemployment.


The IFP-GP views the MEC's commitment to deliver over 5500 matriculants annually with the necessary skills and workplace experience as a step in the right direction and one that is long over-due, remembering that unemployment in Gauteng is a potential threat to our young democracy.


The IFP-GP is particularly pleased by the private sector's participation in the implementation of this strategy in technical high schools across the province. The IFP-GP hopes this will assist in decreasing the current high rate of unemployment among Gauteng youth. Furthermore, these pupils will greatly be advantaged by gaining practical skills and self empowerment, even those that don't go on to go study at institution of higher learning.


The IFP-GP hopes this fight against unemployment will help justify the R27 billion allocated to education in this year's budget.

"On the other hand, we are aware of similar turn-around strategies or projects such as the Youth and Graduate Entrepreneurship Programme (Y-age) that failed to materialize, leaving 2300 Gauteng young entrepreneurs unskilled and stranded, and this we hope will not recur," said IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) Bonginkosi Dhlamini.

"The IFP-GP as a party that believes in the well being of every Gauteng youth, and commits itself to monitoring this strategy," concludes Dhlamini.



 IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature
Bonginkosi Dhlamini; 082 254 8576  


IFP Media Liaison Officer
Musa Ngobeni; 074 387 3509/011 489 6401