Andrew Louw, MPL
DA Northern Cape: Provincial Leader
The Democratic Alliance is making the most of its constituency period by using the time to promote the youth wage subsidy amongst Northern Cape communities.
During a visit to the Hantam area by provincial leader, Andrew Louw, and provincial chairperson, Harold McGluwa, earlier this week, DA members including the Mayor of Hantam municipality, Abrie Fritz, engaged with communities in Calvinia and its surrounds on the matter of the youth wage subsidy. This area is, in particular, characterized by high poverty and unemployment rates, and sees the youth vulnerable to drug and alcohol abuse.
It is the plight of these youths to, in effect, get work experience and to get a job. The fact is that these young people, who continue to hope for a more prosperous future, now know that the ANC opposes this vision while the DA, which is already implementing a youth wage subsidy, growing the economy and creating jobs where it governs, is championing it.
The DA understands that our youth need a chance to get their foot in the door. Countless studies from nearly every developing country have shown that if a young person gets a job and keeps it for at least one year, they stand an excellent chance of being employed for the rest of their working lives. But those studies also show that if they do not find employment within three years of graduating, they are more likely to be indefinitely unemployed.
That is why the youth wage subsidy is such a crucial policy intervention. That is why our youth, from Calvinia to Kimberley, are depending on the government not to allow itself to be dictated to by Cosatu, which is blocking this policy.
The youth must be put ahead of politics and the youth wage subsidy must be implemented now. If, however, this government doesn’t wake up to the reality of youth unemployment today, and begin to act on it immediately and with the necessary urgency, they will soon find themselves at the mercy of a generation of fed-up, ignored, marginalized, and angry young South Africans.