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Zuma: government to monitor jobs fund

2011-02-13 22:46

Johannesburg - The money set aside by government to create jobs will be "rigorously" monitored, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

"The performance and monitoring department is going to look at what has happened, there is going to be rigours monitoring as to what is being done by all of us towards creating jobs," Zuma said in an interview on SABC TV.

In his State of the Nation address on Thursday, Zuma announced the establishment of a jobs fund of R9bn over the next three years to finance new job-creation initiatives.

In addition, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) had set aside R10bn over the next five years for investment in such economic activities with a high job creation potential, he told parliament.

He also announced R20bn tax breaks to promote investments, expansions and upgrades in the manufacturing sector.

Zuma also said that government would ensure that vacancies in various departments were filled.

"We are not going to allow vacancies... they must filled," he said.

Work experience

He also urged the private sector to do its part by hiring graduates who lack work experience.

"How do you allow skilled people to swell the ranks of the unemployed when in fact you could find a way to deal with it," Zuma said.

"Those are the issues we are going to deal with, as we have skilled labour that has no experience, what do with them?

"Instead of allowing huge numbers that come out every year as kids qualify, you are adding numbers to unemployment... is a challenge and we must deal with it.

"We can't just live with them and say because they are not skilled, fine let us let them join the ranks [of unemployment]," Zuma added.

Comments
  • Hannes - 2011-02-13 22:51

    This fund would obviously make some long fingered politicians wealthier... no doubt.

      Dougalan - 2011-02-14 09:18

      Absolutely, Hannes. The ANC's track record is one of massive theft of public funds, coupled with totally inefficient management. Why is it that of 21 ANC-controlled municipalities, 19 have qualified audits - meaning 'money has gone missing without a record'. Why DO the poor keep voting for a govt that have proven themselves to be kings of corruption, while the poor suffer worse and worse? Crazy, and it won't change, because the ANC head honchos like their fancy lifestyles too much.

      exocist - 2011-02-14 12:49

      THEY'LL MONITOR IT ALRIGHT,RIGHT INTO THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS

  • Macho Mike - 2011-02-13 23:10

    "The money set aside by government to create jobs will be "rigorously" monitored", President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. I'm sure it will be Mr Zuma - rigorously monitored into the pockets of the African National Circus clowns. As Bob Dylan sang in Hurricane - "Just like the time before and the time before that"

      ArtGee - 2011-02-14 05:03

      So true Macho Mike... never mind about the time before that.... where has that money gone?

      Mnumzane - 2011-02-14 07:24

      I am sure you also wish they can give you some!

      D - 2011-02-14 07:42

      Actually Mnumzane, no. I dont need to steal money or be given money set aside for other less fortunate people to be comfortable. There is such a thing as the 'Big Picture'. Enriching yourself at the expense of all those around you ultimately leads to a poorer quality of life for all, including yourself who will ultimately suffer from the results of your selfish acts. When will the ANC and the masses realise this? I think never.

  • Cameron - 2011-02-13 23:26

    South Africa had a 483% rise in Millionaires from 2009 to 2010. 402% of those currently work in Government. SA is a wealthy place.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-02-14 08:48

      Serious?? Where you get this info?

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-02-14 00:46

    Goodbye the money.

      Peter - 2011-02-14 08:26

      When the anc says monitored - read - "steal as much as you can"

      lean - 2011-02-14 19:11

      ANC "Don't touch me in my studio..." Zooma basically tell you to bugger off...

  • SharkBait - 2011-02-14 01:05

    In 2000, the World Health Organisation granted $x million (cannot disclose the amount) to a group of doctors that wanted to open HIV clinics throughout SA. A few years later, the group was told that the money had been used up by adminstration.... I guess the same will happen here: The governmunt established a jobs fund of R9bn in order to enrich the administrators thereof by... you guessed it ... R9bn!! And NO jobs will have been created.

  • POLLENYS - 2011-02-14 01:05

    How do you allow skilled people to swell the ranks of the unemployed when in fact you could find a way to deal with it," Zuma said. ----- You don't sideline the qualified whites. Truth is there are no shortcuts to obtaining skills, and it starts with a proper education - exactly where the ANC falls short.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-02-14 09:09

      Well then stop churning out thousands of graduates who have no place to go... I have nothing against BA qualifications having one myself but it is a basic degree, you have to specialise and study further or continue picking up useful skills at work. I always joke and say the most useful thing I got out of four years at university was learning to touch type! There is actually very little information out there on what the skills shortages are in South Africa. If this was publicised more to schools and the unemployed people could make sure that they are studying or working towards qualifications in areas where there are shortages. But then again how are we going to train accountants, managers, engineers when our basic education results are so dismal? And SATU won't allow parents to pay good maths and science teachers a bit extra so that they continue teaching?

      Snoopy88 - 2011-02-14 09:11

      That first sentence was my response to Zuma's comment to the private sector

      SharkBait - 2011-02-14 21:19

      @Snoopy88 - The reason that there is very little info on the skills shortage in SA is because all the people that can count have left the country!!

  • ArtGee - 2011-02-14 05:07

    This IDIOT is going to 'Monitor' R9 billion..... what happened to the "MONOTORING" of the R44 Billion "LOST" by the either the Health or Education Dept last year????

      wattalotokak - 2011-02-14 14:46

      Never mind the 58bil required to fix rdp houses...! How did we get to THAT ONE??? Also by monitoring? Did we also monitor the 100mil.42 cents rands used on these idiots they call themselves youth??? we CAN go on - I think just by making a list of all these "lost" funds we are doing a better job than them at "monitoring"...!

  • AJ - 2011-02-14 05:26

    Why would this fund be monitored any differently to the many other funds and accounts of taxpayer money that is 'administered' by the ANC. If they are treating this one differently, then what exactly is he saying in respect of how they run other areas of finance?

  • duncan - 2011-02-14 05:29

    Friends and relatives will have an absolutely equal share of the money. NO bickering allowed. Remember the voting fodder can only remember for a few months, so they won't bother us. Just don't go bling near a DA member.

  • Hungwe - 2011-02-14 06:06

    Monitored closely by the ANC fat cats plundering it - what a farce.

  • Desertman - 2011-02-14 06:12

    Shabir Shaik will be the accountant to make sure nobody misuse the money

  • foitapoilet - 2011-02-14 06:12

    Bananas to monitor banana tree!

      foitapoilet - 2011-02-14 06:14

      No wait... Its banana tree to monitor bananas. or is it peanuts? I am not sure. Either way, its still makes sense to me.

  • Hannes Perth - 2011-02-14 06:16

    Instead monitor how productive this money has been spend instead of spending money just to create jobs. Zuma has the cart ahead of the horses.

  • PeterB - 2011-02-14 06:24

    Until the ANC gets the courage and sense to relax our overly restrictive labour laws there will be no significant progress on employment. The latest initiative is just another example of re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. We need a real statesman with the balls to stand up to the unions and socialists, however well-meaning they may be.

      Felix - 2011-02-14 08:23

      'just another example of re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.' - Classic :)

  • Matrix - 2011-02-14 06:30

    We need to stop paying taxes and start protesting against the flagrant theft that is taking place in this country. Why don't we ask Zuma to take a basket of products and see how many are made in SA. You send dumb people out into the workforce and wonder why they can't get employed. Luckily government is always on the lookout for idiots.

  • JoggieRSA@24.com - 2011-02-14 06:32

    The only reason why the ANC will set money aside is to make sure they can rake more money out of the taxpayers pockets! Come on... Vote anc... They need more sushi parties for the BEE comrades... Stuff those that actually needs the money!

  • Carlin - 2011-02-14 06:48

    Will the fund be apportioned to : 70% corporate wages, 10% infrasstructore (cars), 10% skills outsourcing (someone must actually work) and 10% to fulfill the mandate? Most likely.

      Boerseun - 2011-02-14 11:24

      Undetermined amounts as yet will land in ANC pockets that is forsure. They always take their cut first.

  • sivuyise.ndzendze - 2011-02-14 07:13

    It was great interview indeed.

  • 1gascan - 2011-02-14 07:14

    There is only one way to promote job creation in this country - KILL THE CRIME ZUMA!!!!

      Snoopy88 - 2011-02-14 09:19

      Well if you increase employment and living standards crime should come down. How would you propose they 'kill crime'? More police, more prisons? We have to have to attack it on all fronts.

      Boerseun - 2011-02-14 11:24

      Incorrect: There is only one way: get rid of the ANC.

      1gascan - 2011-02-14 15:11

      @Snoopy88 - As you say - taking it on all fronts. More police and more prisons will not do it. Stringent sentences for crimes. I am for the death penalty - to a degree - there must be conclusive evidence before killing a person, but rapists and violent crime criminals such as hijackers need stronger sentences handed down to them. R500 for a rape is not good enough - castration and jail time is more like it, make them known to the public. There are many opinoins on how to deal with crime - just my thoughts... @Boerseun - Well, I see where you are coming from, but one must be realistic. I am certainly not an ANC supporter, but it does not mean that they can't do the job (they just need to apply themselves and our tax money correctly). Yes, we have waited 16 years for things to improve, and are still waiting, so maybe it is now time for some fresh idea's in order to get this country back on track!

  • BigMoose - 2011-02-14 07:18

    Like the wolves monitoring the sheep.

      Bear - 2011-02-14 08:57

      What make you Think the other political Parties wont be Greed even if we Vote for them.Yes we are Suffering But is better than Nothing.Once they are in power they will also destroy this Country.Why cnt we have only 2 political party then it will be better.Now every body Promise us this and that 1 party will be better if is one fails we know will vote for this one.

      Dougalan - 2011-02-14 10:16

      @Bear - you need to look at who is performing and who isn't. In the W. Cape Zille has put a limit on new car buying by councillors. All municipalities under DA control get 'unqualified' audits - meaning 'no crookery'. Voters are getting value for their money there, instead of it being stolen by ANC councillors as in most other municipalities. And do you remember that Zille was always anti the previous Nationalist Party and apartheid? Voters need to look at where there is no rampant corruption and theft of the poor's money, as happens with the ANC. THAT'S how you judge who to vote for. It's not like supporting a soccer team or something, but instead getting good government and honest value for your tax money.

      exocist - 2011-02-14 13:09

      TO BEAR, YOU CAN'T HAVE TWO POLITICAL PARTIES IF YOU KEEP VOTING FOR THE ONE ALL THE TIME, DON'T YOU LEARN,YOU GET SCREWED YEAR AFTER YEAR BUT YOU KEEP MAKING THE SAME MISTAKE, GET OVER THE WHITE GEVAAR AND SEE THE LIGHT ALL WE WHITES WANT IS GOOD GOVERNANCE AND ACOUNTABILITY WE WANT TOO SEE ALL THE POOR PROSPER WHITE, BLACK, COLOURED,AND INDIAN, GIVE THE D.A. A CHANCE WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE? EVEN IF THEY DON'T WIN THE ANC. WILL GET A SHOCK AND START GOVENING PROPERLY THIS IS ALL WE ASK FOR, GOOD GOVERNANCE AND ACOUNTABILITY

  • Paul - 2011-02-14 07:41

    Yes you go JZ watch the money the most corrupt one of the lot. You got away with it before sure you can do it again

      Bear - 2011-02-14 08:53

      Paul He might have got away with it Dont you think people change for the goodness of the Country He is still the President I am sure he needs this country to be Successful. Give the Guy a Break

      DW - 2011-02-14 09:50

      @ Bear - Even if any of us believe that the president changed for the goodness of the country (I have seen no evidence of this so why would I believe it), he has sent a message that you can be corrupt and get away with it. He is meant to be the example to everyone else - so if he can get away with it, everyone else wants to also get their hands on the loot first, and then claim that they have changed for the goodness of the country. If he doesnt need to be accountable, why should anyone else?

      AllHoliday - 2011-02-14 14:35

      @Bear - JUST WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!!! I see no improvements since Zuma took over! Wishfull thinking on your side. It would have been wonderfull if it was true but unfortunately, you live in a dream world!

      Khendla - 2011-02-17 16:29

      jah u wryt paul s.a its a war inprogress of gettng rich

  • Wow! - 2011-02-14 07:44

    Rigorously monitored - means that we shall see that it is guided directly to the pockets of the ANC elite. It may result in more employment at the BMW and Mercedes motor plants BUT that is about it.

  • Joseph - 2011-02-14 07:47

    Like most other writers, I feel the plan is doomed to failure because corruption is rife here and starts right at the top! The concept though, of helping qualified people into their first job could work if there was a properly structured approach. If employers could take on a graduate and only had to pay 80% of the wages with the government subsidising 20% for a two year period, then those who worked well would be kept on at the end of two years. Inevitably, some employers would take advantage of the situation, but maybe that's a win-win outcome. Such a scheme would need to be subjected to proper rules, scrutinised and audited and maybe then, despite the inevitable 'lining of pockets' at least a bit of good may get done.

  • Jimmy - 2011-02-14 08:21

    There is obviously little confidence in the ANC's monitoring functions, judging by the comments I read. There is little confidence that monitoring will stop incompetance, nepotism or the favouring of Party supporters. That's what happens when a Party establishes a track record of corruption. It would also appear that the R20 billion in tax allowances over 3 years will be matched by the revenues the Gauteng toll roads will generate. Coincidence?

  • CyberDog - 2011-02-14 08:46

    This is just another case of to little, to late. Nothing more than lip service for the upcoming elections. It always surprises me how gullible people really are. Someone comes along, snatches your hand-bag, then promises not to do it again, then he comes along, snatches your cellphone, and promises to not do that again and yet, like completely mentally challenged people we fall for the same crap again, and again, now that he is offering to look after your jewelery, what do we do, just sit back and accept it. Talk about being a sucker for punishment. Wow, yeah, why not let the wolf help look after the sheep. I would have been more reluctant to agree if he could come up with someone or something trustworthy to help with this process, though that would defeat the ends of corruption.

  • tilovonbrandis - 2011-02-14 08:52

    Rigorously monitored like all other ANC projects, such as the housing project, corruption, nepotism. They are experts in rigorously monitoring anything with lots of money involved. As soon as anybody else audits their monitoring, that person is labelled a racist or a bloody agent.

  • mmdmm - 2011-02-14 09:03

    HOW MUCH OF IT IS THE ANC GOING TO STEAL

      unproud Safrican@24.com - 2011-02-14 10:43

      Obviously whatever is available on a firstcome, first served basis!!!!Remember the secret is not to have anything left for the next one.

      Boerseun - 2011-02-14 11:25

      Let me put it like this: What they do not steal will land in pockkets of those who support them anyway.

  • Mart - 2011-02-14 09:38

    this will do about as much good as getting your alsation to look after your steaks before a braai.

  • DW - 2011-02-14 09:40

    If they are capable of rigorously monitoring funds, why do they not do it now? See article entitled "Greedy politicians loot government coffers". There will always be someone who will find a way to loot the funds set aside to assist the people - and the taxpayer will just have to keep on paying

  • Badger - 2011-02-14 09:50

    ...."...be "rigorously" monitored, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday...." I am sure it will, just to make sure the funds are distributed evenly into their bank accounts !!!!

  • YES - 2011-02-14 10:07

    Would opposition parties, asisted by media please not leave it only to the performance and monitoring department to ensure that that the money is used for the purpose intended? I don't think the public should be lulled by Msholozi's sweet talk. He has himself being complict to so many neferous deals, both as a finance MEC and Deputy President - should I say as a President as well?

  • Spade - 2011-02-14 10:38

    I can understand why our beloved President wants unskilled people to "join the ranks". As an unskilled person himself, its no wonder his sympathies lie there. I think it is also fair to note that, as our level of education in this country declines, so too will our level of "skilled" people. As long as Zuma can maintain the perception that something is being done, while keeping his supporters largely uneducated, he and his liberation organization will continue to win the popular vote in SA.

  • Boerseun - 2011-02-14 11:21

    Just a complete idiot would believe Zuma. It is time that we use other options to drive and control this tyoe of actions. How aboput committees made up of univercity experts, who actually might know what to do, successfull business leaders without government connections etc?

  • Kwane - 2011-02-14 11:28

    For you at the bottom who are always criticizing what have you done to better the lives of others? Besides what must the ruling party's members do, live in poverty after all these years of struggle??? However, about those graduates that the President would like the private sector to help out with, why not put them in the public sector so they can better the status quo of governmental departments.

  • Kwane - 2011-02-14 11:33

    For you at the bottom who are always criticizing what have you done to better the lives of others? Besides what must the ruling party's members do, live in poverty after all these years of struggle??? However, about those graduates that the President would like the private sector to help out with, why not put them in the public sector so they can better the status quo of governmental departments.

      exocist - 2011-02-14 13:38

      TO KWANE, IT'S ALMOST NOT EVEN WORTH REPLYING TO YOU,MUST ALL THESE 500 PLUS PEOPLE AT THE TOP BE MADE BILLIONARES ONLY? WHAT ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF OTHER BLACKS WHO WERE THE REAL STRUGGLE HERE AT HOME? NOT LIKE HALF THESE BILLIONAIRES WHO WERE LIVING IN EXILE AND SAFELY IN PRISON DURING THE STRUGGLE, DON'T YOU WONDER IF YOU WERE A FREEDOM FIGHTER AND YOU'RE GETTING NOTHING BUT PROMISES YEAR AFTER YEAR DON'T YOU ASK YOURSELF WHERES MY PIECE OF PIE WHEN A FEW GREEDY BARSTARDS ARE SITTING WITH THE WHOLE PIE? YOU'VE ACHIVED YOUR FREEDOM WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?EAT IT WHEN YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN ARE STARVING OR USE IT WISELY AND MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT, FREEDOM MEANS BREAKING THE SHACKLES OF OTHERS WHO BRAINWASH YOU, THATS REAL FREEDOM. WE THE ONES WHO CRITICIZE ALL THE TIME ARE THE ONE'S PAYING TAXES THAT YOUR SO CALLED HERO'S SQUANDER YEAR AFTER YEAR, WHY MUST THE POOR LIVE IN SQUALOR AFTER ALL THEIR YEARS OF STRUGGLE THEY ARE THEY THE ONES STILL STRUGLING TO THIS VERY DAY, GOVERMENT DEPARTMENTS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE MONITORED FOR THEFT AND CORRUPTION THEY SHOULD HAVE PLACED PEOPLE WITH INTEGRITY IN POSITIONS OF POWER IN THE FIRST PLACE ONLY NAUGHTY AND GREEDY CHILDREN NEED SUPERVISING JUST A WASTE OF MORE MONEY

      Spade - 2011-02-14 14:12

      Kwane - the ruling party's leaders should be less conspicuous in their over-indulgence and incompetence. I am concerned that the majority of South Africans (members or not) will once again be led up the garden path by empty promises. It is they who I'd like to see not live in poverty, not the politicians! It would not be in the ruling liberation organization's best interest to lift the standard of living and education of this majority, as it would necessarily mean a loss in support. One last thing - I pay my taxes promptly and without fuss every year. I have therefore earned the right to criticize if I see it being wasted, rather than used to improve the lives of others.

      Garden_Route - 2011-02-14 23:30

      Thats the problem - they are not the ruling party they are the government, BIG difference. They are not meant to rule you - they are meant to serve or work for you - YOU DUMB ASS!

  • AllHoliday - 2011-02-14 14:27

    Yip, they will keep a 'closed' eye on it - no one will ever see it or benifit of it! Unless you are politically connected!

  • amabok - 2011-02-14 15:20

    LOLLLLLL!!!! "riogrously monitored" to make sure it ends up in Swiss Bank Account! Maybe Comrdade General Cele can fly it over on his next visit to Genenva.

  • amabok - 2011-02-14 15:21

    LOLLLLLL!!!! "riogrously monitored" to make sure it ends up in Swiss Bank Account! Maybe Comrdade General Cele can fly it over on his next visit to Genenva.

  • Jelena - 2011-02-14 16:32

    Not one of them are skilled whereever they work.Zuma can't even run a country,why is he talking about the unskilled.They are all unskilled.They are just there to fill up their bank accounts.....

  • exocist - 2011-02-14 18:35

    Johannesburg - The money set aside by government to create jobs will be "rigorously" monitored,by me and my cronies like flies around a ball of feces said el presidente

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-02-15 09:56

    There afre only two things the ANC government is capabale of monitoring successfully : collecting our hard-earned taxes and collecting the majority votes in all elections by any means necessary

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-02-15 10:01

    I work in HR, we do our own recruitment, and in our industry we employe people who can do the job. I am NOT interested in a graduate from some obscure institution who cannot even speak proper English. Regardless of colour.

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