DA didn't develop wage subsidy, says ANC

2012-05-21 22:34

Johannesburg - The DA's claim that it developed a wage subsidy system in the Western Cape is untrue, the ANC in the province said on Monday.

"The pro-poor programme to assist youth to get skills-and-work-experience was started in practice on the ANC watch," it said in a statement.

"It never was or is a wage subsidy to young people, but a training opportunity for entry level workers to help them become more employable."

The African National Congress said there was never a subsidy because the provincial government was going to pick up the training costs.

It was reacting to comments made by the Democratic Alliance at a briefing on Monday on a youth wage subsidy programme being introduced in the Western Cape.

Economic Development MEC Alan Winde earlier said the programme, created in 2009, had placed over 2 000 first-time job seekers into a six-month work position, with about 70% remaining in the position full-time.

The candidates had to have at least a matric or equivalent qualification and to be between 15 and 34-years-old.

They received a R1 200 monthly stipend from the province, with many companies opting to top this up.

The ANC said former Western Cape premier Lynn Brown announced the programme first in September 2008, when the party was still running the province.

"The DA's bleating and bragging is blunt in the light of the true facts. It once more proves the DA only piggybacks on ANC plans and has not come up with something new yet," the Western Cape ANC said.

"R10m was set aside to kick-start the programme in the budget speech of March 2009 prior to the elections."

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the province said it was surprised at the DA's claim that it had launched a wage subsidy in the Western Cape.

"This is an old activity that the DA launched in 2009, which it is now trying to dress up as a wage subsidy for propaganda purposes," Cosatu's Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich said in a statement.

"The DA is not letting facts stand in the way of their desperate attempt to try and expand their electoral base, by appearing to be concerned about the huge sea of black youth unemployed."

Ehrenreich said the DA was aware that there were discussions happening in Parliament and at National Economic Development and Labour Council to ensure that the unintended consequences of substitutions or job displacement were avoided.

He said it was dishonest of the DA to say it was a fact and it was just waiting to be implemented.

"Cosatu Western Cape dismisses the DA launch of a wage subsidy in the Western Cape as a gimmick to make political mileage and one that workers have seen through," said Ehrenreich.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's spokesperson Zak Mbele reacted by saying her office was not sure what link the ANC was trying to make between the wage subsidy system and the ANC's training programme.

"By the ANC's own admission their programme was not a wage subsidy scheme," Mbele said.

He said the programme was developed in July 2009 so the ANC could not claim any attribution to that because it was not done through its administration.

  • SaleĆ© - 2012-05-21 22:51

    Our amazing tit-for-tat parties!

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-04 12:13

      Not so. The DA has had the wages subsidy on its books for some time. The anc is playing tit-for-tat. Call it catch-up if you want too.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-21 22:54

    Hellen Zille stated that the march was to protest COSATU's opposition to ANC's youth wage subsidy.

      sabongam - 2012-05-23 09:32

      Interesting comments as usual...The point of the matter is what is being done about this AMAZING IDEA...Stop this childish schoolyard bickering -okay let's all agree then it's the ANC's idea - thank you very much...But even the best ideas are only as good if they are implemented...You can have a million dollar idea but if you don't do anything about it, it's as worthless as a blank canvas... My second point here is to get honest and objective opinions whether you're a DA supporter or not - what would the reaction be if the ANC had been the ones responsible for these false claims that the DA is alleged to have made? Wouldn't people's comments be something along the lines of - Typical ANC thieves only good for stealing and being corrupt... Just my thoughts.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-04 12:15

      If you check on THE FACTS it was a DA idea some time ago. The anc shot it down.

  • petrofect - 2012-05-21 23:00

    DA is only capable of opposing the ANC not developing meaningful strategies.

      bonga.mfeka - 2012-05-22 00:00

      gud point

      Kevin - 2012-05-22 05:13

      Petrofect - can you inform me of any of these meaningful strategies - granted there is the corruption strategy but i cant think of any others .....

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-04 12:16

      So vote DA and get some action!

  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2012-05-21 23:00


  • bonga.mfeka - 2012-05-21 23:58

    if the DA can tell us what they r going to do for south africans

      Koos - 2012-05-22 04:27

      They are going to use the money paid by us, the taxpayers for all the citizens of South Africa, including you. Unlike the ancESTORS that is only enriching themselves. See the difference?

      Phillys - 2012-05-22 11:01

      why don't you go to the DA website and all will be revealed!!scroll over all the headings at the top. Nice easy website to navigate :) enjoy!!

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-04 12:27

      Read the DA Manifest on this web page.... There is not a thing a thinking person would disagree with in it. Now check on the sorry state of South Africa under the anc, compared to the promises that they make. Go vote DA.

  • bonga.mfeka - 2012-05-21 23:59

    if the DA can tell us what they r going to do for south africans

      john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-05-22 05:58

      Go on to there web site and look at there policies, its all listed there. What will surprise you is that both the DA and ANCs policies are very similar, its just how they are implemented where there differences arise?

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-05-22 09:43

      The Da is NOT in charge bonga and so they cannot just do anything because the ANC govt politicians with their 6 wives and expensive cars and jets and weddings etc control the money that taxpayers get. The DA is able to do what they do in the Western Cape because they are capable of administering the money allocated them by the Treasury from you and I where it is needed the most and will do the most to uplift the people. This is because they won the election in 2008/9 in those areas. They are increasing their electorate in areas held by the ANC and other parties wherever they can by supplying water for example in Mpumalanga, an area where Juju was granted the tender money to do so but frittered it away on mansions in Sandton etc. The taxpayers money is doled out to the party administrators and cadres of each area and those municipalities ANC officials either don't use it out of ignorance or they use it to enrich themselves and their families who have no clue of how to administer the money so they throw extravagant parties for the ruling elite ANC or white elephant stadiums instead of Health and books for your children. The DA councillors are outnumbered and so when they try and suggest where the money should be used for the poor those with power in ANC just ignore them. If you want the DA to do in other Provinces what they have done in WP you have to vote them into power and we all know that will happen when hell freezes over because Africans think the DA is the old NP.It isnt

      zukisanim - 2012-05-22 14:04

      @gailcarolynhayes Please go to the township schools and then the modelC school. Then come tell me that the DA is is spreading the money were it's needed most

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-04 12:28

      Read the DA Manifest on this web page.... There is not a thing a thinking person would disagree with in it. Now check on the sorry state of South Africa under the anc, compared to the promises that they make. Go vote DA.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-04 12:47

      @zukisanim - During the apartheid era..... 1/ The white children got a very good education. 2/ The Indians got a moderatly good education. 3/ The Colourds got a moderate education. 4/ The Blacks got a poor education. Then the anc got in. Do you really want to know what happened? Ooooops!! The entire education system of this great country COLLAPSED! Why did the anc not raise the Black/Coloured and Indian education up to the level of the White education?? Seems like a sensible idea. The infrastructure was working well, there were lots of teacher training colleges. Then along came the Bengu the Destroyer! The anc stuffed up! That is what happened. They closed the teacher training colleges down!! Amazing!! Destroyed the foundation of the education system!! Fired 6000 teachers in the Western Cape! And most of those were Coloured!! They stuffed up big time!! And on top of that they are keeping the masses ignorant so that they do not see the stuff-up that the anc has made of this country. And check this out!!! The average township school in the Western Cape is FAR better than the nation average township school! Tell me this.... Why do so many Xhosas send their children from the Eastern Cape to Western Cape township schools? Because the DA rules in the Western Cape!! Now go vote DA for the sake of your children.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-22 00:19

    Tony should be explaining why it is that the program has only been followed through in the Western Cape under the governance of the DA and not in other provinces. Who were suppose to follow the same ANC scheme, and then go and find out where the money for these schemes in the rest of the country has disappeared to.

      vuyani.frans - 2012-05-22 00:43

      @Glen can u tel me is this program that is claimed by DA function in coloured/white people in partitular im always in google and reading papers i have never seen such.

      Hugh - 2012-05-22 13:49

      vuyani, the DA is implementing the policy, unlike the so called "good intentions" the ANC make and dupe its supporters into believing it cares about you. Big talk no action doesnt feed or provide jobs for the people. Doing it make the difference. See Murry's portrait of the ANC, Promises promises promises. Go the Goodman gallery!

  • Ngwana - 2012-05-22 01:20

    Since Cosatu is afraid of taking the risk, then just give DA half of the allocated budget of Youth Wage Subsidy instead of arguing about who came with the idea. An idea is useless if not implemented. [ANC member]

      24web - 2012-05-22 07:41

      It should not be who came up with the idea it should be about implementing the idea. They should not make this a party isue. The money is there, it has to be used not for political gains or voter gains but for the youth to get better skills and better work oppertunities,

  • cmathibedi - 2012-05-22 03:45

    Now who is telling the truth,if it is not DA is ANC and all of they are Power hungry that leads them feeding us with lies.

  • melvin.lang - 2012-08-27 15:35

    Tony, firstly I want to congratulate you on your re-election to the position of Provincial secretary of Cosatu. Also I would like to commend you on your decision not to participate in the march today which was organised by the ANCYL. I know this is petty politics by slandering each other but at the end of day the question is: Who has inspired more confidence in the electorate? I have to admit that for me Helen & Patricia win hands down. I believe you can contribute a lot to SA but slandering the DA does nothing to improve your political image. In fact, it only reinforces the notion of a slow decaying, once much loved organisation. Helen, through her ongoing engagement with the general public, proves to be more of a comrade.

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-04 12:12

    Ha! The anc is soooo behind! The DA is doing something positive so the anc gets dirty. Vote DA! DA best of DA best!

  • LaurenJade Van Schalkwyk - 2013-03-04 12:30

    Who cares who did it? As long as people were helped. All's well that ends well. Fighting for credit should be irrelevant

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