By Cllr Muso Kubheka, DA Youth Provincial Chairperson:
The following address was made by Cllr Muso Kubheka, Mpumalanga DA Youth Chairperson, during the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature’s Youth Parliament proceedings in Mbombela on 12 June 2015.
June is officially ‘Youth Month’ in remembrance of the youth of 1976 who stood up against unequal education and the apartheid regime’s policy of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction, above their native mother tongue and third language English
The Democratic Alliance is today attending Parliament’s annual Youth Parliament, which provides an opportunity for political parties to engage directly with the youth of South Africa.
While we believe it is important to create platforms that enable meaningful engagement with the youth on a number of critical issues, we are however concerned about the high number of youth unemployment in Mpumalanga.
The youth are being robbed of their economic power by a government that is not doing enough to create the opportunities we need for skills training and work experience.
Last year, 80. 2 percent of matriculants including those who wrote the supplementary exams passed the National Senior Certificate in Mpumalanga and of those learners some are currently seeking employment and this will still be the case in the years to come.
This is why we need a real Youth Wage Subsidy and not the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI). With youth unemployment unacceptably high, the results of the government’s weakness are becoming clear. We need stronger policies to bring about a significant decrease in youth unemployment.
Yes, indeed our country is a lot better now than 21 years ago, however the struggle continues to empower the youth of this country. Youth unemployment has led some young people into abusing substances and engaging in criminal activities.
We need a government that will provide more opportunities for the youth, a DA government. The future of our country is in the hands of the young people like those gathered here today.
I thank you.