by John Moodey MPL – DA Gauteng Leader
The ANC’s Tshepo One Million project has been failing to create permanent employment opportunities for thousands of unemployed youth in this province.
In the 2017/18 financial year, this project has created about 210 809 opportunities of which 170 854 are demand-led learning and training exercises, 10 292 are temporary work vacancies, 23 279 are long-term decent jobs and 920 are self-empowerment opportunities.
This was revealed by the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura in a written reply to the Democratic Alliance questions tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.
While the project is meeting its targets on paper, the results clearly indicate that this project is not making inroads in curbing youth unemployment as some of the youth who took part in the Tshepo One Million learning and training exercises are still struggling to find employment opportunities.
There were only 250 internships opportunities in the Gauteng Provincial Government for a period ranging from 4 to 12 months in the 2017/18 financial year.
The internships were mostly in the Gauteng Liquor Board where the interns were conducting liquor store verification and data capturing.
It is doubtful whether these internships have empowered our young people with both the skills and the experience required by both the private and public sectors.
The ANC’s Tshepo One Million Project has failed to create decent and permanent jobs, leaving our youth vulnerable to crime and substance abuse.
As opposed to a programme that merely creates short term employment, the DA’s proposed National Civilian Service would provide young school-leavers an opportunity to receive industry training in areas of their choice. This will not only provide a jobs, but develop skills to grow the South African economy, and to generate even more jobs.
The DA is the only party that has a plan for real opportunities for the youth. We have a cradle-to-career plan that includes improving our early childhood development centres , fixing our failing basic education system and expanding access to tertiary education, with a truly progressive funding model where the poor are subsidised. This will enable our youth to access dignified jobs.
Come 2019, the DA will bring Change to the youth of the province.