Jacques Smalle (MPL)
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The ANC led government in Limpopo has once again proved that it has no plans to improve confidence in jobs seekers in the province.
According to the unemployment survey compiled by the Stats SA, discouraged work seekers amongst the youth (15-34) has risen from 6,5 % in 2008 to 17,1 % in 2014. Adult (35-64) job seekers who lost hope in finding a job has doubled and increased from 9.5 % to 20.8 % from 2008 to 2014.
The latest quarterly force survey also proved that an estimated 633 000 people in the province are either unemployed or have given up on looking for a job because of empty promises.
It’s clear that the Limpopo’s economic prospects is rapidly deteriorating.
In order to get more people active and seeking jobs, the government must become more transparent and offer incentive schemes to the private sector which will allow for increased job opportunities that will lead to confidence and increased capital expenditure.
As long as job seekers are being judged by cultural and political affiliations , we will not see a decrease in the number of discouraged work seekers.
The DA will be engaging various government departments such as economic development, agriculture, mineral resources, small business development to establish if their plans are more focused on creating credible jobs for Limpopo residents.