By Janet Semple MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Economic Development:
Gauteng is home to the most unemployed and out-of education citizens in the country.
According to labour force statistics, those not in employment and not in education (NEETS) in Gauteng currently sits at a shocking rate of 23.6%.
This figure has increased year on year by 9%, or 282 000 since the previous financial year.
Of the 6.8 million of Gauteng’s labour force, 49.9% fall into this NEETS category.
This figure is a clear indicator that Gauteng is sitting on a ticking time bomb. It is an indictment on an administration that has entities such the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), Gauteng Funding Agency (GFA) and the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency at its disposal to stimulate economic and job growth.
There is an urgent need for realistic programmes geared towards job creation, economic growth – all of which must be treated as a priorities for this administration.
The education system has not prepared the labour force for the modern workplace.
It is only through education and vocational training that the labour force can truly reach its full potential of contributing positively to the economy.
Through employment, people are afforded a higher quality of life and as such, the DA will continue to strive toward an ever increasingly employed work force.