Khume Ramulifho, MPL
DA Gauteng South Regional Chairperson
On Saturday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng hosted a Jobs Imbizo in Diepkloof, Soweto. The DA invited a number of recruitment companies, career guidance institutions and other interested organisations to provide young unemployed people with guidance and information.
The DA has a plan to create an open and inclusive economy in which each individual has the skills, opportunities and resources to live their best life possible.
The DA recognises that there are numerous barriers which prevent many young people from entering the job market. These include a lack of skills development, poor education, little to no support for entrepreneurs and very limited job opportunities.
The DA has a plan for growth and jobs in South Africa. This includes improving education, implementing the Youth Wage Subsidy, building a nation of entrepreneurs and improving infrastructure.
Activities at the Jobs Imbizo included guidance on CV writing, opportunities to register CVs online in order to minimise costs, and guidance on available career opportunities.
We hope that this event will provide the youth with opportunities to make themselves more competitive in the job market. Too many South Africans are still marginalised and living in abject poverty in our country. This Jobs Imbizo is just one of the ways we are working together towards a better future for South Africa. The people of Soweto and greater South Africa deserve nothing less.
Where the DA is in government in the Western Cape, and other municipalities around the country, we are already creating growth and jobs. In the DA-governed Western Cape, we have implemented the work and skills programme, which has provided skills development and work opportunities to thousands of young people.
Even closer to home, we are creating growth and jobs in our very own DA-governed Midvaal municipality in Gauteng. Midvaal has already achieved 8% economic growth by implementing the key elements of the DA’s plan since taking over the municipality in 2000. With this achievement, the DA-run council cut unemployment rates to under 10% by the 2008/2009 financial year.
Should the DA be voted into Provincial government in Gauteng in 2014, we would replicate this blueprint across the province, thereby opening up opportunities and creating jobs.
We have a plan for change and we have a plan for jobs in Gauteng.