DA wants youth wage subsidy in KZN

2012-06-11 17:42

Pietermaritzburg - DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has called on KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize to implement the youth wage subsidy.

"I am here to offer a challenge to Mkhize," she said during a march in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.

"I want him to ask Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for his share to implement the youth wage subsidy," Mazibuko said.

Hundreds of Democratic Alliance youth supporters marched peacefully for the youth wage subsidy, without the clashes that marked a similar march in Johannesburg last month.

"As a young person I know there are many young people without jobs and opportunities to work. The youth subsidy needs to be supported," Mazibuko said.

‘We demand jobs today’

She said the youth subsidy would address unemployment.

DA supporters were dressed in blue T-shirts and carried flags and placards reading: "youth wage subsidy now" and "we demand jobs today".

Mkhize sent provincial planning committee head Cyril Xaba to receive the DA memorandum on his behalf.

Last month, the DA marched to the Congress of SA Trade Unions' (Cosatu) headquarters, in Johannesburg about job losses and Cosatu's opposition to the youth wage subsidy.

The march turned violent when it was met by toyi-toying Cosatu members who allegedly stoned the DA supporters.

Cosatu believes a subsidy suggests that high wages and restrictive labour laws are behind youth unemployment, when improving basic education, skills development, the "green economy", and local procurement will help more.

It believes the subsidy will encourage companies to hire cheap young labour just for the subsidy and retrench older workers.

Talks deadlock

President Jacob Zuma announced the R5bn subsidy in Parliament in February 2010.

On Monday, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said moves were underway to accelerate discussions at the National Economic Development and Labour Council, particularly in June, which has been called youth month.

Until now talks have consistently deadlocked amid opposition from Cosatu.

"We have elevated the discussions to senior level with the constituents concerned to ensure that the discussions are concluded expeditiously," Patel said in response to a written parliamentary question from Democratic Alliance MP Kenneth Mubu.

"Based on progress, a report will be submitted to Cabinet to finalise the matter," he said.

  • Andrew - 2012-06-11 18:09

    A peaceful march from the DA to create positive change in the country. No comments from the ANC supporters. Funny

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-11 21:03

      @lesetjam, hahahaha!! Ok..

  • Jan - 2012-06-11 18:11

    do it, do it, just do it!

  • imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-06-11 18:52

    Its another way for big business to steal from the govt legally

      Andrew - 2012-06-11 19:01

      Explain that in detail please?

      Andrew - 2012-06-11 19:03

      Subsidizing the youth for work is steeling. I'm not sure you have any idea what you're saying. I certainly don't

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-06-11 19:13

    Andrew, that guy is an illiterate idiot who can't make sense if he wanted to. Please don't encourage him to write more nonsense on the forum!?

  • Pro Elvis Ginindza - 2012-06-11 19:21

    What abt us,who r in the middle age,what r we gettng?coz we also need money

      donnanetto - 2012-06-11 19:43

      Get off your lazy a** and get a job!!

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-06-11 19:22

    this ugly shapeless da puppet is at it again???

      Andrew - 2012-06-11 20:21

      Yeah. The good that she does is over wheeling for you. Never have seen it from the ANC. I understand it's killing you to see people working for good in this country.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-11 21:04

      Hey Sifiso, 75,000 jobs lost this year, the ANC are doing a fine job!

      mgcinosh - 2012-06-11 21:29

      Sfiso you dissapoint me , if you don't agree with the youth youth subsidy , you should state valid points as to why you don't agree with it and not give those old pathetic lame jokes.SHM!

  • - 2012-06-11 19:49

    I saw something like this on another site Just a thought Implement initially only in one province eg ZNN. Wait a few years and see what happens

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-11 21:05

      The DA have already launch this is WC, 2,000 permanent jobs already..KZN to implement soon, there is no stopping it..

  • Danwill Theys - 2012-06-11 21:13

    Suppression of youth development by subsidies is wrong due to the fact that it gives the impression that you will get rewarded even if you don't do any physical work.what they should bring is a community college that teaches basic engineering,business,medical and media studies which might see south Africa's youth getting inspired to create their own products.steve jobs,bill gates and others like them are human and so are we!

  • Arnotte Payne - 2012-06-12 04:09

    I disagree with the youth wage subsidy cos its replacing experienced productiv labour with cheap labour. i would only say yes to it if it involvd hiring youth based on a scholarship or apprenticeship so we hav a company not just hiring and underpaying ppl increasing employment stats but having qualified ppl who r employment worthy

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