Boitumelo Babuseng, MPL
DA Provincial Spokesperson on Economic Affairs:
The Democratic Alliance is concerned that in the past quarter, a net loss of 9 000 jobs has occurred in the Northern Cape.
While the DA commends the increased employment in the agricultural sector, an overall rise in unemployment in the formal and informal sector is a hard pill to swallow for the people of the Northern Cape.
The DA calls on the Northern Cape MEC for Finance John Block to urgently table a plan that reverse the current failures of his department.
Where the DA governs, emphasis is placed on the support and development of small businesses with municipal incentives and the reduction of red tape, a youth wage subsidy that allows young people to enter the ranks of the employed and an EPWP program that delivers skills to local residents, rather than forcing them to do menial tasks.
The Northern Cape record of economic development is abysmal.
Beneficiaries can’t all be like the biscuit factory in Douglas, which received almost R30 million in the past two financial years and created only 15 jobs. We simply can’t afford to pay R2 million for every job that is created in the province.
MEC Block would do well to urgently reconsider his approach to job creation in the province. We can’t afford worsening unemployment in the Northern Cape.