Tackling unemployment ‘key to social cohesion’

2012-07-05 09:31

Some residents of Kliptown in Soweto felt left out as government’s Social Cohesion Summit took place on their doorstep.

The summit, held at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, is in its second day today.

Residents said they only heard about the event on the radio and were not consulted or informed that the event was going to take place in Kliptown.

“I do not know what is happening as we were not told about this. We just want jobs. We just hope that Zuma will address the issue of unemployment in Kliptown and also the living conditions, as we stay in poor, bad conditions,” said community member Tshepo Mthandi.

Summit delegate Kgauta Motsitsi from the Dipaliseng Arts and Culture Forum agreed that tackling unemployment was key: “This summit will only bear fruit if government officials can give attention to issues that bother the people, such as crime and unemployment.”

Delegate Pastor Malusi Ndlovu of the Vryheid Community Church was hopeful that the summit would bring about change in the nation.

“This summit means a lot because God wants us to be united because when we are united, God is happy.”

The summit, which is hosted by the department of sport, arts, culture and recreation is attended by representatives of NGOs, MPs, ministers and businesspeople.

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