2011 not the year of the job, stats show

2012-02-07 22:10

Johannesburg - Figures showing that there are now 4.244 million unemployed South Africans indicate that President Jacob Zuma's jobs promise has failed, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

"The quarterly labour force survey for the fourth quarter of 2011 [released on Tuesday] indicates clearly that President Zuma failed to deliver on his promise to make 2011 the 'year of the job'," DA MP Sejamothopo Motau said in a statement.

"More South Africans are unemployed now than when President Zuma first promised to make 2011 the year of the job in his State of the Nation address in February last year."

The number of unemployed South Africans had increased from 4.137m to 4.244m in 2011, he said.

"Another troubling statistic is that a further 165 000 South Africans have been unemployed for so long that they have given up on looking for work," Motau said.

"This means that the number of people that are too discouraged to look for work has increased from 2.15m people to 2.315m people in 2011."

Motau said there was some good news, with 365 000 jobs created in 2011.

"It is good that 365 000 South Africans have been given an opportunity to improve their lives, but unfortunately not enough jobs were created to compensate for the hundreds of thousands of young people who entered the workforce for the first time this year.

"It is clear that job growth is not fast enough to absorb all the members of our growing workforce."

Motau said it was clear that the government needed new economic policies to generate growth and job creation.

  • Marion - 2012-02-07 22:22

    I'm confused.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-02-07 22:34

      Motau must be as well. What in the world is he stating?

      Scouter - 2012-02-07 22:41

      Nothing to be confused about Marion - the ship, she is sinking. The crew, they have scuttled her.

      Bernd - 2012-02-07 22:42

      I feel the same.

      Daniel - 2012-02-08 08:13

      Nothing to be confused about. What Motau says is that last year 365'000+165'000+(4.244m-4.137m=107'000)=637'000 new entrants into the job market were looking for work, but only 365'000 could be employed. There was job creation for 365'000 but 637'000 were needed to keep umemployment level. And Zuma had promised that the ANC would reduce the unemployment rate. That means it was an empty promise. That's what Motau says and he is right.

  • Scouter - 2012-02-07 22:35

    "It is clear that job growth is not fast enough to absorb all the members of our growing workforce" The solution is simple - stop scaring off investment with every rabble rousing 'viva! rant' and change the masses' rutting habits.

  • Godfrey - 2012-02-07 22:38

    Either apartheid or the down turn in the world economy will be the reason for this....any bets???

      Scouter - 2012-02-07 22:58

      They might surprise us and blame it all on Julius - probably wishful thinking however. Great things at times, scapegoats though.

  • Cracker - 2012-02-07 22:41

    From what we hear on the news this country is blessed with enormous natural resources. We know by now what does not work. So just carry on, ANC. And while you rest on your laurels, think about the real possibility that we may wake up one morning to hear that the synthetic manufacturing of some of the current raw materials or alternative applications of new materials has become viable. Imagine all the benefits we will have lost.

      Scouter - 2012-02-07 22:59

      Worst, we might wake up one day to find the Chinese have come out of the closet and taken over - as they are busy doing in Zim right now.

  • mastersvoice - 2012-02-07 22:49

    Does Jacob Zuma care? Will the uneducated and unemployable South Africans vote against the ANC's blatant lies? Answers on a postcard please...

  • Adam - 2012-02-08 00:06

    And to think you are sitting on a wealth of raw materials that other countries buy and turn into finished products. Reason why SA cannot do it is BBBEE, AA, Unions, unskilled work force, productivity too low and folks that are just too plain scared to invest for fear of the unknown. Don’t fear, its not just SA, its an African problem.

  • braamc - 2012-02-08 03:09

    None of the the ANC promises kept, not even tried to put in place since last year's state of the nation adress. Absolute useless, R30b stolen, gone, no work, no electricity, no food, but hey the live the life. Vermin!

  • pws69 - 2012-02-08 04:52

    Remember Zumas 500,000 jobs promise, and the ANC crowing about how 475,000 had been created? Well, each "job" lasted an average of 32 days. Yup, that's ANC success for you. Also, bear in mind that each year over 1,100,000 people come onto the job market. If we created 365,000 jobs (remember, this is not a nett figure), then what of the rest? Politicians must stop talking in circles.

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  • Sakhile Ndlovu - 2012-02-08 10:11

    #### it just so discouraging even 2 go 2 varsity while hearing that jobs are so scarce, better even 2 start a business rather then putting it in a sinking boat, president J. Zuma shouldn't make promises & not keep them,

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