SA unemployment 'is a crisis'

2012-05-27 14:32

Pretoria - Unemployment in South Africa is a ticking time bomb and unemployed South Africans are likely to fight for jobs like the youth in Egypt and Tunisia, Young Communist League secretary Buti Manamela on Saturday.

"The need for jobs is more urgent and government must attend to all of these," Manamela said addressing hundreds of YCL members in Seshego, Limpopo, during the league's anniversary celebrations.

"We believe that the crisis of unemployment is a ticking time bomb and if we are not careful in dealing with it - we will see another Egypt and Tunisia."

He said lack of jobs had resulted in many young people losing their dignity because they can't provide for their families.

Last year, youths in Egypt and Tunisia revolted against their governments demanding for jobs.

Manamela said that a majority of people in the country are living in abject poverty and an integrated strategy must be devised to reverse the situation.

He called on members of the league to use their anniversary to champion the fight against the tendency in the country that pushed young people to depend on tenders.

Manamela said the municipality was allowing itself to be used by political factions who are against the YCL's existence in the province.
existence in the province.

  • alfredo.jordaan - 2012-05-27 14:43

    Let me get this straight, does news24 only take quotes from speeches that can cause some sort of stir with its readers?

      Rob - 2012-05-27 14:46

      Yes, and the reason for high unemployment is that the majority are reproducing @ an alarming rate.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-27 14:49

      Imagine, the young communist league coming out in favour of job creation. How does that gel with nationalization and entitlement?

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-27 15:07

      What do communists kinow about creating jobs? Hello? How many communist countries have great economies? China? NO... they are hardly communist anymore and their economy sucks! Yes, they export cheaply, but that because they have cheap labour... and one plenty of it! Communism should be banned! Millions of people have lost their live due to crazy communist policies (more than any war has caused)! DOWN WITH THE CRAZY COMMUNISTS!

      alfredo.jordaan - 2012-05-27 15:25

      Guess i got my answer,Thanks Quotes24 team!

      James - 2012-05-27 16:25

      Most glaring example of Commie v Capitalist. N Korea GDP about $2000 S Korea about $28,000. The same people different system.

      Kala - 2012-05-28 09:04

      Why hire if you can't fire? If you hire some one because they look good on their CV and then turn out to be a dud you can't fire them. As a result comapnies are less inclined to want to hire additional staff.

  • Shaun - 2012-05-27 14:48

    This is not only a problem in South Africa but a World wide issue at the moment. One of the many signs of over-population. Also greed to a lesser extent. The Venus Project is the only solution in my opinion.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-27 16:44

      YOU have the RIGHT idea Sean - we just need to think more along the lines that people did when it came to resistance against E-Tolls

  • raymond.d.pickering - 2012-05-27 14:49

    Alfredo, that cigarette is sending smoke to your eyebrows - you look terrible. Where do you work?

      alfredo.jordaan - 2012-05-27 14:54

      Raymond, really that's your argument.Pathetic!!!

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-27 15:31

      ALfredo! GO elsewhere if you don't appreciate News24 d&mbass! Most of have given up on arguing with idiots and trolls!

      alfredo.jordaan - 2012-05-27 15:36

      Asking to read a proper news article makes me a just shocked at your stupidity. Tsotsi!

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-27 15:48

      No... not really that! Its when you "choose" to read news on a paticular site and don't appreciate it! Then you decide to insult people who respond to you! Who is the pathetic on now! STFU AND FO!

      alfredo.jordaan - 2012-05-27 16:16

      @ Tsotsi, So what you telling me is that i should appreciate this unprofessional journalism??? Don't even know if can call it that (journalism)... I have read many articles on here written by news24 readers that's much more professional then this crab. low standards you have my dear friend, low standards!!!

  • Jason - 2012-05-27 14:49

    How can this be true??? Anyone with a business in this country will realize South Africans don't like to work. They are lazy!!!!!!!

  • Dee - 2012-05-27 15:05

    Thing is Mr Manamela - it is not the function of govt to create jobs. It is the function of business. The function of govt is to create the infrastructure and efficiencies of administration to facilitate people to start businesses and employ people. More and more govt employees kill an economy. And I'm afraid it is e.g Cosatu who block govt designed employement facilitation policies .......... and it is the very inneficiencies / poor governance of local and other 'govt employees' that are killing the economy.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-27 15:06

    I think one of the biggest problems is that so few jobs are being created by members of the "majority", almost all are created by minorities. Wealthy members of the majority just consume vast amounts, they are not creaters. As a farmer I have difficulty getting temporary labour, people are no longer willing to work, they want handouts. They have been taught this attitude by the ruling party and their alliance partners, who teach people to demand everything, and create nothing. They have taught the majority to have no pride, one can see it in all the litter lying everywhere in our country, a nation with pride does not treat the land it lives on like one big dustbin. A prideless helpless demanding populace will never get anywhere in life, revolution or not. One can see by the failure of land reform farms and many other instances where the "people" are given things for free, that they derive no benefit from such handouts. Its a culture of pride and self improvement that needs to be developed, and this certainly won't came from communists whose only ambitions are personal political power.

  • jacques.shepperson - 2012-05-27 15:07

    it is a problem, but who is to blame and how can we fix it?! I have the answers, but no one will listen.

      Rob - 2012-05-27 15:11

      Try us.....Unless it's to kill everyone over 50 !

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-27 16:55

      Yes @Jacques - we WILL listen....we NEED more people in Sa with vision, action and balls.

  • comurray - 2012-05-27 15:14

    Youth of today although educated to a point and out of school have no ambition what so ever and just don't want to work. The birth rate is far too high, unfortunately our government encourages this by supporting child bearing unmarried teenage mothers. I feel sorry for businesses where they are obliged to take on the youth who have no intention of doing a decent days work.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-27 15:32

    Don't expect the status quo to change too soon while the government allows the unions to call the shots.

  • pmbadenhorst - 2012-05-27 15:32

    STOP MAKING BABIES! the only solution on long run

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-27 15:41

      OK but what do the current lot of 18-35 year olds do in the meantime? I'm sure that 20+yrs ago few parents imagined their kids would end up unemployable.

  • Mboneli - 2012-05-27 15:44

    South Africa could grow at over 9% Per year with good management and large investment.To continue to grow and to create jobs our country needs an export sector which produces a variety of goods and which provides

      Sérgio - 2012-05-27 16:22

      Beautiful, they must put you in charge of our economy!

  • Sérgio - 2012-05-27 15:58

    President Penis and your papered pageant Beauties, is unemployment not of concern is it not in-dignifying does it not matter?? Maybe you and your Pageant Beauties are only capable of comprehending pictures and paintings as urgencies, any other matter is most likely deceitful and malicious in no desperate need of care? Maybe your ultra-ego needs is of absolute to us all, you are humanities gift served with cardinal fallacies...thank you

  • Edward - 2012-05-27 16:14

    words. all words. if the ANC wanted to create jobs it would be simple to do so. instead they choose to allianate small businesses (not chicken and cellphone shops) whom had traditionally been the employers and job creators.

  • Riffak - 2012-05-27 16:20

    Eish..........Eish..............eish. no tender, no work

  • James - 2012-05-27 16:22

    Try Zim unemployment at 95% according to the CIA.

      Rob - 2012-05-27 17:01

      It would be higher, but for the fact that hundreds of thousands are here, contributing to our own unemployment problems.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-05-27 16:26

    Get rid of BEE and encourage the youth not really on the child support grant. Encourage them to use birth control in the town ship

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-05-27 16:31

    The trouble is everyone want to go to university and are not interested in starting at the bottom and studying while earning to improve themselves. You can't expect to earn high salaries when you first start out and you have to be prepared to be a dedicated employee and keep the job you have!

  • nkosinathi.sinanda - 2012-05-27 16:42

    Manamela must remind himself that SACP which he belong to is an alliance with COSATU and ANC. He belong to a party that control workers' rights and together with COSATU are responsible for the poor service delivery as most employed workers that are their member revolve with enormous amount of trivia, over paid and underused but they complain like hell there by giving the public shoddy services or just strike foe long period of time, thus starving the public poor with essential services. This results in violent service delivery as we see. We have a devastating leadership. The only thing ANC probable can do is to reconcile with Mbeki bring him in and let the bye gone be bye gone because its quite clear we are inching toward a violent revolution. This revolution is compounded by poor leadership that incite poor people to constantly strike, burn trains, strike and abandon classes for very long time thereby starving poor Africa children education and this result in poor Metric results at the end of the year. These failed children are semi illiterate and can't be absorbed by labour that require skilled force. Our so called leaders are preoccupied by Mangaung conference. Poor people as Biko once said "are on your own"

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-27 16:50

    so why then are immigrants being allowed into SA without either bringing a business or having secured a job prior? and why do the poor continue to have babies they can't feed - i don't believe this takes education to realise - it's common sense. i had one unplanned baby and made sure for the next 26yrs that i didn't have another - and concentrated on providing for one so that he could in turn contribute to society. Communities have to educate their folk - the government isn't going to do it!!!!!

      Rob - 2012-05-27 16:59

      Exactly tricia....Unfortunately common sense does not prevail in the mind of the indigenous african, when it comes to birth control or allowing " immigrants " from africa to flood our borders !

  • rory.short1 - 2012-05-27 18:02

    A large contributor to high unemployment in SA is our inherited system that issues new money into circulation. Money is nothing but a commonly accepted means of externally representing the values of real goods and/or services which, were it not for money, we humans would only have in our heads. Thus money should really only come into existence after the real goods and/or services are created, so that it can truly represent their value. Our problem, and most modern economies problem too, is that the issuing of new money has become the sole preserve of the State or the banks, the State's authorised agents, and they issue this new money as loans on which they charge interest. This way of issuing new money does not lead to an obvious problem in already cash rich communities but in cash strapped communities it does. These communities comprise people who are quite capable of offering various goods and/or services that are wanted by other members of their communities but there is no cash available within their communities so exchanges do not even start, hence unemployment. If cash was made available at the points of exchange, if and when the cash was needed, then this particular humanly created problem, i.e. the unavailability of cash, would disappear along with much unemployment. For those who are interested a freely accessible web based 'alternative' money system which works in exactly in this way is available at

  • Arfa - 2012-05-27 18:18

    @Rob: Reproduction after all is one of the 7 fundamental Life Processes (remove either one, and you will most certainly land up with a disfunctional nation). It's probably a good thing we do not have like-minded people governing our Social Policy, our country would be a catastrophe otherwise. Minimising the population rate is definitely not the solution – but to the contrary! It is infact the solution. You (and clan) are either short-sighted, or are being dumbed down, or have hidden agendas, or all of the above (that’s all up to you). Either way, if you take the time to research what the long-term effects would be on the economy and the country as a whole (Assuming of course, your suggestion came into force) - you will soon get to grips with reality; when you discover that it was actually more beneficial for you (and clan) to keep your mouth(s) zipped about this issue. However, I encourage you (and clan) to conduct your own research, and if conducted it fairly and accurately, you will be faced with the reality and come to the realisation that it is not the population you should be concerned about (but rather welcome its growth), but instead direct your "solution finding mission" at the real problem - the Government! for its relaxed attitude towards environmental issues. If you are really passionate about making a change, then I suggest you use your vote wisely and commit yourself (and clan) to raising public awareness.

  • James - 2012-05-27 19:11

    ah yes the communist league, which is in league with the ANCants, which is not providing jobs and yet justifies pay increases of 20% for incompetant mayors, metro bosses etc who already make R2mln for non performance.

  • Dave - 2012-05-27 19:20

    How many illegal immigrants are there in SA? Should SA not look after its own people before trying to "save" the rest of Southern Africa?

  • Ryno - 2012-05-28 08:02

    i really wonder if the anc thinks that what happened in the arab countries will not happen in SA "due to our strong democracy". how long do you think we still have before the sh*t hits the fan?

  • Phuti - 2012-05-28 11:16

    Mr VAVI said this b4.i Wanda wht kind of a communist party is this 1?they shud elect new leaders cos unda Blade they r a toothless lion sleeping with sheepskin.

  • sindisiweprecious.ngcobo.1 - 2012-07-27 20:40

    this is one of the serious sutuations that is needed to be taken care of and the story tells it like it is.

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