DA didn't develop wage subsidy, says ANC

2012-05-21 22:34

Johannesburg - The DA's claim that it developed a wage subsidy system in the Western Cape is untrue, the ANC in the province said on Monday.

"The pro-poor programme to assist youth to get skills-and-work-experience was started in practice on the ANC watch," it said in a statement.

"It never was or is a wage subsidy to young people, but a training opportunity for entry level workers to help them become more employable."

The African National Congress said there was never a subsidy because the provincial government was going to pick up the training costs.

It was reacting to comments made by the Democratic Alliance at a briefing on Monday on a youth wage subsidy programme being introduced in the Western Cape.

Economic Development MEC Alan Winde earlier said the programme, created in 2009, had placed over 2 000 first-time job seekers into a six-month work position, with about 70% remaining in the position full-time.

The candidates had to have at least a matric or equivalent qualification and to be between 15 and 34-years-old.

They received a R1 200 monthly stipend from the province, with many companies opting to top this up.

The ANC said former Western Cape premier Lynn Brown announced the programme first in September 2008, when the party was still running the province.

"The DA's bleating and bragging is blunt in the light of the true facts. It once more proves the DA only piggybacks on ANC plans and has not come up with something new yet," the Western Cape ANC said.

"R10m was set aside to kick-start the programme in the budget speech of March 2009 prior to the elections."

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the province said it was surprised at the DA's claim that it had launched a wage subsidy in the Western Cape.

"This is an old activity that the DA launched in 2009, which it is now trying to dress up as a wage subsidy for propaganda purposes," Cosatu's Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich said in a statement.

"The DA is not letting facts stand in the way of their desperate attempt to try and expand their electoral base, by appearing to be concerned about the huge sea of black youth unemployed."

Ehrenreich said the DA was aware that there were discussions happening in Parliament and at National Economic Development and Labour Council to ensure that the unintended consequences of substitutions or job displacement were avoided.

He said it was dishonest of the DA to say it was a fact and it was just waiting to be implemented.

"Cosatu Western Cape dismisses the DA launch of a wage subsidy in the Western Cape as a gimmick to make political mileage and one that workers have seen through," said Ehrenreich.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's spokesperson Zak Mbele reacted by saying her office was not sure what link the ANC was trying to make between the wage subsidy system and the ANC's training programme.

"By the ANC's own admission their programme was not a wage subsidy scheme," Mbele said.

He said the programme was developed in July 2009 so the ANC could not claim any attribution to that because it was not done through its administration.

- SAPA
Read more on:    anc  |  da  |  tony ehrenreich  |  alan winde  |  helen zille  |  cosatu  |  cape town  |  politics  |  labour
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
29 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

Petrol generators from R1399, save up to R350. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Pampers!

Save 30% when you buy 3 or more selected pampers products. While stocks last. Shop now!

This week only - 30% off books!

Get 30% off when you buy 2 or more books. Many titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

New range of Samsung smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and Alpha now available at kalahari.com. while stocks last. Shop now!

Buy 3 eBooks & only pay for 2!

The cheapest of the 3 titles will be free. Many more titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are on form and you may like an audience to share your ideas and concepts with. Drama and creativity flavour your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.