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ANC plans to bring down unemployment to 14 percent

As part of its five-year plan to improve the lives of South Africans, the African Nation­al Con­gress (ANC) says it com­mits to end­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion, unem­ploy­ment, and inequal­i­ty.

In a state­ment on Tues­day, the ANC Gen­er­al Sec­re­tary, Ace Mag­a­shule acknowl­edged  the three were the seri­ous chal­lenges expe­ri­enced by South Africans, espe­cial­ly the youth

“About 10 mil­lion South Africans are unem­ployed. We [ANC] NEC Lek­got­la plans to reduce unem­ploy­ment from 27.6% to 14% in the next five years, skilling and re-skilling pro­gramme to 3, 5 mil­lion young peo­ple.

“We are seek­ing at diver­si­fy­ing the econ­o­my, devel­op and invest in tar­get­ed sec­tors, to make sure black peo­ple includ­ing women take part in the econ­o­my,” said Mag­a­shule

Ten sec­tors are;  auto­mo­tive, cloth­ing, tex­tile and leather and footwear, gas, chem­i­cals and plas­tics, renew­ables, steel, and met­al fab­ri­ca­tion, tourism, high-tech sec­tors, the cre­ative indus­try, oceans econ­o­my and agri­cul­ture and agro-pro­cess­ing.

“We will get the gov­ern­ment to declare a three-shift econ­o­my to increase the prospect of employ­ment, among young peo­ple.

Work­ing close­ly with labour and busi­ness, a three-shift will emerge in an “econ­o­my that does not sleep,” Mag­a­shule said.

To fight youth unem­ploy­ment, the ANC will speed up imple­men­ta­tion of employ­ment pro­grammes such as Tshe­po One Mil­lion and imple­ment­ing the Nation­al Youth Ser­vices across gov­ern­ment.

“The ANC will explore inno­v­a­tive young entre­pre­neurs as part of build­ing a cul­ture of youth entre­pre­neur­ship and job cre­ation,” said Mag­a­shule.

He said the ANC has con­clud­ed to elim­i­nate work expe­ri­ence require­ment for young peo­ple, adding  that it will affect the pub­lic sec­tor with­out fur­ther delay.”

Lek­got­la iden­ti­fied rur­al and town­ship econ­o­my as crit­i­cal, with increased sup­port for Small Medi­um and Micro Enter­pris­es (SMMEs) through one-stop busi­ness reg­is­tra­tion, access to cap­i­tal and mar­kets.

In addi­tion, said Mag­a­shule the gov­ern­ment should con­sid­er tax incen­tives to busi­ness­es that invest in the rur­al and town­ship econ­o­my.

“The ANC will review Gov­ern­ment pro­cure­ment to fos­ter sup­port for local eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment, BBBEE, and small busi­ness­es and coop­er­a­tives.

We will devel­op an effec­tive for­mu­la for set-asides tar­get­ing unem­ployed per­sons, women, youth-owned small enter­pris­es and all oth­er sec­tors of soci­ety” added Mag­a­shule.

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