17th September 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has lambasted the
ANC-led government for failing to deliver on its job creation
"Twenty years into democracy we can't say we
have a good story to tell as people don't have jobs and are
living in poverty. Fact is, many people are unemployed,
including young people and our streets are full of unemployed
and educated people who don’t know where to utilise their
education and acquired skills.
When the ANC was canvassing for
votes, many jobs were promised to the unemployed youth. But now
after taking power, they reversed their promises on job creation
and tell our young people to create jobs for themselves through
entrepreneurship. One wonders how you can promise people
non-existent jobs? Was this merely bait to hook the voters?"
said IFP Leader in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.
"The ANC relies only on temporary expanded
public works jobs to bolster employment figures. By continuing
to rely on the Expanded Public Works Programme to create jobs
that last only a few weeks or months will create neither the
number of permanent new jobs that we need, nor the quality of
job opportunities that are urgently needed to lift poor South
Africans out of the cycle of poverty. The ANC must create
decent, sustainable jobs not temporary jobs. Labour brokers must
be abolished because we don’t want our people to be exploited,"
continued Mr Gwala.
"To grow our country’s economy and create
jobs, the IFP is determined to balance job creation and job
protection by revising labour laws to allow for more
flexibility. This will generate investment, create new jobs and
promote growth in the economy. We will take politics out of the
economy – union politics should not hold our economic future at
ransom. We will partner with the mining and related sectors to
refine raw materials in South Africa and develop our processing
and manufacturing industries to produce finished products on our
soil instead of importing products manufactured abroad with our
raw materials. To do this we will develop skills suitable for
today’s job market by sourcing funds for training programmes,
apprenticeships and learnerships – this vision will ensure
skills transfer and create sustainable jobs which will in turn
grow our economy," concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL
IFP Leader in the
KwaZulu Natal Legislature, 078 290 5842
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