MyElectionManifesto: Enrol those on state welfare in skills development programme

The country needs change as well as growth without losing existing talent and skills regardless of race, or without losing any current investment.

We can not afford to alienate any race or cultural group of South African citizens and encourage them to take their skills or money elsewhere.

This can only be achieved if we relook the current BEE system and replace it with a development program.

The first thing we should focus on is how to take people out of the welfare system. Every person receiving a government grant will also have to enrol into a government skills development program (apart from those above 60 on old age grants). This will enable them to move into the formal employment sector and lighten the burden on Government.

Corporates will be incentivised through tax breaks to increase their workforce by employing unemployed people and to skill them up. Shopping malls will be built by the government in traditional townships and these shops will be rented to retailers at very low rates if they comply with 80% local employment and employing unemployed individuals.

Transport service from poor areas will be subsidised or provided for free from traditional townships to city centres and business districts to enable people to get employment and give them access to services.

An emphasis will be placed on quality education and building schools in previously disadvantaged areas. More education centres need to be built that can do skill training in the technical fields such as builders, electricians, plumber and other technology and artisan fields.

he Government can not continue to increase taxes but needs to enable corporates to grow and add more people to the employment sector in order to increase tax collection.

Land issues need to be addressed and un-used government land will first be handed to disadvantaged communities after the people have attended skills development courses. The government will establish a fair rate for different classes of land and where land or properties are not utilised these can be expropriated within these compensation rates.

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