Anthony Benadie MPL
Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga
Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has agreed to meet with the DA tomorrow to discuss the province’s possible endorsement of the Youth Wage Subsidy. The DA requested the meeting as part of our efforts to lobby premiers across the country, to join the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal governments in endorsing the wage subsidy and for a portion of the R5 billion currently budgeted for by National Treasury for the rollout of a Youth Wage Subsidy, to be transferred to provinces that agree to implement this programme..
Every year young people leave Mpumalanga to seek work or pursue tertiary studies elsewhere, and never return due to the lack of jobs in the province. The implementation of the Youth Wage Subsidy, in conjunction with sustainable job-creation projects would stimulate the province’s economic growth, and create a better life for its people
Every year premier Mabuza promises sustainable job-creation initiatives to the people of the province, and every year these programmes fail to create decent, sustainable jobs. The time has now come for premier Mabuza to put his money where his mouth is, take a bold step, and support the implementation of the Youth Wage Subsidy.
Premier Mabuza is the elected executive head of the province, and as such, is duty-bound to implement government’s youth employment policies. Implementing the Youth Wage Subsidy will not only acknowledge the extent of the youth unemployment crisis in Mpumalanga, but also commit government to giving young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience – and a chance at a better future.