ANC has abandoned Soweto youth - DA

2012-08-11 18:02

Johannesburg - The ANC has abandoned the youth of Soweto, the Democratic Alliance said on Saturday.

Youths in Soweto had little hope of finding jobs, DA national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said.

Maimane embarked on a door-to-door visit in Doornkop, Soweto on Saturday morning.

"A clear pattern emerged. Almost every family I visited had a young member who could not find work, or who was concerned about not being able to find work in future."

He said many of them had accepted that they would be indefinitely unemployed.

Maimane accused the African National Congress' policies of not being efficient for them and encouraged them to jump onto the DA's bandwagon.

"The DA has a plan to change the way economy works and break down the wall that excludes so many young South Africans from gainful employment.

We have successfully brought this vision to the Western Cape and I urged them to use their vote in 2014 to choose a new national government that has the will, the ability and the vision to make South Africa's economy work for them," he said.

Employment was one of the issues highlighted as a priority by President Jacob Zuma during his State of the Nation address earlier this year.

According to the labour department over 25% of the country's potential workforce is unemployed. The youth are the hardest hit, with an estimated 42% of young people between ages of 18 and 29 said to be jobless.


  • seymore.butt - 2012-08-11 18:21

    Although I agree ANC has failed, DA is wrong to provide false hopes just like ANC. Unless you produce well educated youths no matter what your plans are, they are going to fail irrespective of ANC or DA! DA needs to provide statistics on how many youth jobs they have created in Western Cape. Please don't take your voters to be stupid!

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-08-11 18:35

      especially the part about "We have successfully brought this vision to the Western Cape" I'm sure the youth in the Western Cape agree with said statement

      melania.nel - 2012-08-11 18:56

      They have done wonders with the little budget they had. Imagine what they could do with a bigger budget. Do check your statistics as well on the number of people in the wc at present. There are more and more moving there every day because of the jobs and prosperity, and to your pessimistic eyes it seems as though everybody is still jobless and suffering. Please also provide and opinion on a solution if nobody is good enough.

      ben.bjergstad - 2012-08-11 19:28

      As citizens of WP, we are no fools, the ANC can go smoke a pipe and then some, if they think they'll ever get WP again. We know we are being targeted for voting the way we did and until "shower head" realises that they have no chance come 2014 and gets over it - the better. We Know we are the best run province in this country and not soon before long will be the province keeping SA afloat. Die Kaap vir die Kaapenaar, is all I'm gonna say. If we were independent we'd be so much better off! It's time to call for that referendum!

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-08-11 19:34

      Agreed. I'm in a DA municipality in a DA province and the difference in terms of youth unemployment is not noticeable compared to the rest of the country. Even the provincial unemployment is only 1% lower than the nationals. They should stop using people for politics and show something concrete. Simply being better than the ANC is not enough

      ben.bjergstad - 2012-08-11 19:43

      @John The DA run province is not responsible for job creation. GOVSA is, with their mandate to cut red tape, ease of conducting business, ease of setting up a business and ease of employing a worker. Too much fuss with very little oversight. Look at the Wooohaaaa caused by the walmart aquisition of massmart and the emphasis and role cosatu played. The Unions are to big for their boots and are hampering real growth with tangible results. Zuma Government and his inept ability to make clear cut decisions on Issues of national importance is another excuse. Hells can anyone here even say what SA foreign Policy really is! It's just a mess! Give the DA the National mandate and I swear the difference will be chalk and cheese! We'd be up there in no time with the star performers in the AU!

      justin.hemming.94 - 2012-08-11 21:35

      Agreed, but education is only part of the problem. The desire to work, to develop a work ethic, and to know that one never stops learning once in the work place are key ingredients. Far too many youths are coming out of varsities and technikons, assuming that they can simply be at work 8-5, and that they'll deserve a big pay cheque at the end of the month. They are clueless as to the real worth of an individual. Most graduates are only commercially viable to a company once they have at least 5 years post graduate experience. Government has created a protected work environment, that is developing a society of lazy, yet demanding employees. You don't need a university degree to make a living. Get off your arse, and use your brain. South Africa has huge opportunities for business minded individuals, that simply work harder, and smarter than their competition. Why do you think the Chinese are outwitting you all. They can't even speak english - they just want it more, because if they don't make it they will simply die. It is that natural instinct, and personal desire for success that is lacking in many young south africans. And no doubt the lack of a leadership worth looking up to adds to the problem. So I say consider what the DA is saying - it can't be worse than what the ANC is currently doing to you.

      ben.bjergstad - 2012-08-12 06:58

      Sorry to burst your bubble there Justin, I'm a hard Lefty and the fact you just likened me to the Boeremag is quite hilarious, I'm of coloured, Portuguese, Italian and Scottish descent but then again that's non of your business. So no Boer in there. I deduce that you're one of those "Pack for Perth" Safas, just go do that already and save us the hassle of reasoning with you!

      Siphiwe Kuhlase - 2012-08-12 21:56

      I don't think is rigth for da leader to make soweto youth as an example for unemployment what about other provinces what is happening in cape town is he want tell the nation that all youth in cp are employed he must not play a cheap politic what is his solution about this youth must wait till 2014 before get employment that is shame and disgrace for him

  • pule.lesego.3 - 2012-08-11 18:38

    So?just go to ....

      sk.vanderafrika - 2012-08-11 20:23


  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-11 18:50

    We can't just write off 42% of the youth population. The long-term consequences of 42% not being able to contribute to the fiscus are dire. No income means no taxes which means reduced revenue for the State which means less money for everything. And we are not unique, Europe, USA and parts of Asia are up against the same problem. So try think 20-30yrs down the road when State revenue is halved and the population has quadrupled.

  • mzo.mpeta - 2012-08-11 18:52

    @Maimane if you were truly concerned about the plight of the unemployed Soweto youth you were going to start getting down in finding solutions than luring them to the DA and promising jobs there after. This story should not have even appeared in the paperin the first place. So this is another political ploy. So please we know your kind. As the youth we want solutions and not political sides. We have identified the problem and what do we do? Other than criticising another party.

      brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-11 19:09

      Begin by not voting for a government that steals BILLIONS of rands. Education and training costs money. The solutions to SA's problems are not rocket science. They are pretty simple.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-11 19:28

      Maimane is merely campaigning for his party to get into government in order to offer solutions

      ben.bjergstad - 2012-08-11 19:34

      so that Musi can do their dirty work... Sorry, this guy is doing what he can, it's sure as hell alot more than you are! Alot of people are doing alot of great work and when it's publicised the ANC jumps in on the bandwagon with alot of hot air without spending money or time for the gas!

      Arnotte Payne - 2012-08-11 22:11

      pws69 - 2012-08-11 23:59

      Have you been living under a rock? The DA HAVE provided a plan. sheesh, these uneducated ANC morons.

      kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-08-12 15:31

      and what has the ANC done the last 18 years? promising jobs, better health, better housing, better education, better everything. and who is doing better after 18 years... yep the corrupt government.

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-08-11 19:23

    ANC has abandoned SA...

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-11 20:22

      They have become their own private country, despite their oath to uphold the laws of the country, they find every way to duck out of their responsibilities, refuse to be accountable for anything they do(not) and constantly whine that the private sector (which means everyone not employed by the State) is to blame. And that's not all! They demand that we citizens do the right thing and threaten us with all sorts if we do not comply. It's a dictatorship masquerading as a democracy

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-11 21:34

      But not the gravy train

  • busani.mabunda - 2012-08-11 19:27

    DA is right. i support this and DOWN WITH THE ANC.

  • dimitri.tsafendas - 2012-08-11 19:37

    News24, a troll's paradise!!!!

  • phumlani.veliti - 2012-08-11 20:09

    what have you(DA) done for the youth?

      Shane Kelly - 2012-08-12 07:42

      what has the ANC done for the youth, what have they done for SA as a matter of fact NOTHING .

  • eddy.modiba - 2012-08-11 20:17

    they want SANDF to guard da province,ANC chaos our tax money...mmmxxx politicians r great liers.

  • Zahir - 2012-08-11 20:35

    There is NO future for people in SA under ANC only more poverty and unemployment and misery

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-11 21:01

    In five years' time the DA will be Black controlled; that is what the ANC should fear

  • mokgadi.deborah - 2012-08-11 21:27

    DA is becoming desperate. They use their media to try and help with black votes. The NP failed and surely the DA will be disappointed.

      pws69 - 2012-08-12 00:03

      The DA grew from 1,5% of the vote in 1994 to 24,5% of the vote in last local government elections. I hope they keep "failing" at this rate. We'll have a DA government in 2014 instead of 2019.

      attie.stone.3 - 2012-08-12 06:26

      The NP hasn't failed. There are remanants of the NP in the anc government today. They still flourish but just keep a low profile now.

      jc.jonck - 2012-08-13 15:19

      Mokgadi. The DA wants votes, so that they can fix the country. The ANC wants votes so that they can take more of your money for Zumaville and jets, which is a bigger priority to the ANC than education. Fact. I hope the DA wins by any means necessary.

  • neo.khemisi - 2012-08-11 21:33

    So DA want to make impossible things? Making every1 in SA to work no ways,even the great China has unemployment so please just be realistic

  • mtizozo.nsele - 2012-08-11 21:45

    This is about time ANC to claim back WP. The rasism in WC is disgussing. This is the only province that still lives in 50 years.

      pws69 - 2012-08-12 00:05

      Yet another ANCYL retard just HAS to show us how "SUCKsessful" ANC education has been with this brain dead comment that doesn't even make sense.

      robqb - 2012-08-12 11:32

      @mtizozo. Please read my previous comment to you. And take note.

  • mtizozo.nsele - 2012-08-11 22:02

    This is about time ANC to claim back WP. The rasism in WC is disgussing. This is the only province that still lives in 50 years.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-08-12 00:06

    this lie is written madam allover it. Being printed for this guy by a certain opportunist who happened tobe a popey mayor.

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-08-12 04:20

    Pleae help me? I at least know apartheid did not offer the opportunities to the black youths, as they offer to the white youths. Lets believe the ANC politicians, that apartheid is to blame for all SA current 16 years after freedom mistakes. How did a nation ruled by a small minority of its people manage to: draw black people from free black manage African countries to come and work in their mine's? leave countries friends snd family to make use of apartheids medical and educational facilities? Build MEDUNSA and qualify more medical Dr,than the whole rest of Africa South of the Sahara, ( RASS )0could not do? Produce more black graduates than the RASS could not do? Build more wealth creating infrastructure than RASS could not do? Was Apartheid actually a better option for the long term well being of the ordinary black person in South Africa, than what the other option ( socialist ANC government, that would nationalize all industries in SA like Zambia did and bankrupt a country, would have been ?

  • danwill.theys - 2012-08-12 04:23

    South Africa is big jobs are in all around when you buy jobs newspaper is it not filled with opportunity but people expect to start at the top and work to the bottom just take the entry level job maybe 10 years from now the company would have developed you into the manager or head office official that you wanted to be.nothing is given everything has to be worked for.

  • Michael - 2012-08-12 07:06

    DA must never make a mistake that ANC has made, unrealistic promisies, we all know that Cader Asmal OBE is the biggest reason why youth unemployment is this big, youth dont have releavent qualifications, there are jobs out there, but industies need qualified people, learners are doing very bad in Maths and Science, our education system is not producing potential candida for jobs, learners are encouraged to pass with 30%, wich job can you give so,meone who dont know 70% in every discipline? Maimane be serious my friend!

  • Duncan Colter - 2012-08-12 09:22

    Many of the posts on this article show a blind loyalty to the ANC and deep hatred of all who do not support the ANC. Of course this doesn't just apply here but to all articles relating to anything ANC or DA. What kind of democracy do we have where any activity that does not make the ANC glow is condemned/slammed by the spin doctors yet threats/promises of violence and death from the ANCYL are condoned? I expect if any comments are made to this post, they will be racist.

  • les.eberhardt - 2012-08-12 09:24

    The ANC has failed South Africa, and reading these comments,I see there are still morons out there who haven't realised it yet!!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-12 12:49

    I agree the ANC has failed all the youth, they have failed through education and allowing cosatu to take over and dictate to business. So I would lay the blame soley at the ANC because they allow too much union and their alliance partners to dictate to them. In times when the whole world is struggling financially, there should not be shackles on provident jobs. Every person deserves a chance to earn money and through all this red tape jobs are not forth coming. Providing youth subsididies to the jobless is just a way of buying votes and over loading the taxpayers. Will the ANC do this, I dont believe they will they are greedy for votes so they please their alliance partners and will try to please the jobless at the same time. This could be their downfall.

  • emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-08-12 13:15

    I am a DA supporter, but being a south african citizen has left me pretty observant of political BS, and this is political BS DA. How the hell do you expect to get the youth of soweto jobs? You do realise the state this country is in, right? to make any kind of impact you would need at least two full runs as ruling party. Your first priority should be Education, as is evident by the current state of our schools. Just fixing that is going to take at least a five year period, to phase in a new system and curriculum for both primary and secondary schools. 2nd up is housing, sanitation and electricity. do you have ANY idea how long that is going to take, have you SEEN south africa? the ANC could not provide adequate housing, with all the years they had to get it right. Yes, corruption and incompetency certainly played a large part in all the failed projects, but TIME is also a great factor. one final thing to note is that even if you do win the next election, you will do so only by a VERY slight margin. this means roughly half the country will HATE you. i mean that. the ANC supporters will HATE you if you win the election. They will oppose ALL of your ideas on principle, disregarding any good it could do to society. they will tie up your policies in litigation. they will protest poor service delivery the day after elections. you cant promise the youth of soweto jobs, you cant keep that promise and you know it.

      jc.jonck - 2012-08-13 15:30

      Emile. I agree, this is blatant vote-lobbying. So would you rather have another 18 years of uncontrolled corruption that will kick this already crippled countries' legs off, or do you want someone who is about to start the change for the better, even if it takes 12 years? May the DA win by any means necessary.

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