14 February 2013
The IFP Gauteng Province (IFP-GP) is incensed
to hear that 2300 Gauteng young entrepreneurs, as reported in
one of the weekend newspapers, are left without any guidance or
direction following the Gauteng Economic Development
Department's decision to halt the R30 million it had forked to
set up the Youth and Graduate Entrepreneurship Programme, dubbed
The decision is regrettable due to the fact
that it seems no proper consultation and engagement with
affected parties was taken. This action though is becoming a
hallmark of the Gauteng government; one only needs to remember
the current e-tolling problem.
The IFP-GP views this as a manifestation of
failed policy, failed implementation and failed accountability,
due to the nature in which the project was cut short, with the
project service providers now owed more than R12m, while scores
of young entrepreneurs are now left unskilled and stranded.
According to the IFP-GP this is odd, because
this project was highly touted by the former Economic
Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu during its inception in 2011. In
the her State of the Province address last year Premier Nomvula
Mokonyane waxed lyrical about this project being a key driver in
reducing youth unemployment.
But as things currently stand today, the close
down illustrates a lack of decisiveness and continuity on
developmental projects, and this is a case worth noting for the
newly appointed MEC Nkonsiphendule Kolisile.
IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial
Legislature (GPL) Bonginkosi Dhlamini made a call saying: "We
call upon the Department of Economic Development to re-evaluate
its decision of closing down this empowerment scheme, not only
for the purpose of rectifying their blunder. But because we as
government need to begin to seriously address the problem of
youth unemployment, for our youth deserve better after our hard
struggles against Apartheid and Colonialism."
"We urge this government of Gauteng to begin
to formulate and implement the correct policies from now on, and
to also reflect on the precept enshrined in the constitution,
which outlines that, everyone has the right to further
education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must
make progressively available and accessible," concludes Dhlamini.
IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng
Provincial Legislature; Bonginkosi Dhlamini; 082 565 3571
IFP Media Liaison Officer, Musa Ngobeni; 074
387 3509 011 489 6401