Give us half of youth subsidy, Zille says

2012-05-21 16:28

Cape Town - The Western Cape would make good use of half of the R5bn that has been set aside for a national youth subsidy, Premier Helen Zille said on Monday.

"We are appealing to the national government. If they can't use it for the purposes intended there, because the ANC is allowing the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) to block policy implementation, well, give it to us in the Western Cape.

"We will show you in a pilot project just how outstanding this programme can be if implemented properly and we will also show that none of the negative effects that Cosatu is predicting will come to pass."

Zille was speaking after a briefing on a youth wage subsidy programme being introduced in her province.

Economic Development MEC Alan Winde 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 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.

Winde said the programme had been so successful they were already over-subscribed.

The national youth subsidy would allow the SA Revenue Service (Sars) to partially reimburse companies that paid wages to a young employee.

Zille said she supported the programme.

"We fully support national treasury's version. Obviously we can't do that locally because we do not have control over Sars."

Common ground

She called on President Jacob Zuma to make a decision on the programme.

"We are saying to the president: lead this country. Are you allowing Cosatu to hold you to ransom because you want to be re-elected in Mangaung? If so, you are letting down the youth."

Zuma said recently that the youth wage subsidy was before the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) so it could consider all views and make final recommendations to Cabinet.

He said the challenge was to find common ground between the opposing views on the subsidy.

Violence erupted on Tuesday when the Democratic Alliance showed support for the subsidy by marching to Cosatu's headquarters in Johannesburg.

The DA has accused the union federation of blocking the subsidy's implementation and costing young people jobs. Cosatu maintains the subsidy will displace existing jobs and enrich employers.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said she wanted Cosatu's general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi to witness the youth subsidy programme in action.

"I will today write to Vavi and urge him to come and see this success for himself so that he can base his position on evidence and not merely ideology.

"He relies on baseless arguments, such as that this policy would result in older workers losing their jobs, to justify his opposition to job creation."

Zille said the provincial programme had not resulted in any job displacements and all employees were protected by stringent labour laws.

  • Lazarus - 2012-05-21 16:37

    Halala Zille halala.

      Sematla - 2012-05-21 17:00

      This zille thing nauseate me big time. She claiming to be the possible saviour of South Africa and yet she can't hide her fangs when it comes to segregation. Not long ago she segregated by naming civilians refugees AND this time is give "US THE WESTERN CAPE". zille if you still see yourself as "US WESTERN CAPE" the keep your paws out of my province and continue to ask US WESTERN CAPE for support. YOU SEE NO BIG PICTURE AT ALL, HELLEN.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-21 17:03

      The trolls have waited all day long for a story they can spew bile on. Here it is... Anyway, you go girl, show them how to lead!

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-21 17:07

      MATHATA Take your ANC propoganda elsewhere! Zille fought for freedom during apartheid! Now she is fighting for woman and youth! GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT! DON'T BE A HATER :)

      Makatikamusona - 2012-05-21 17:12

      What I like about the Madam is that she got some balls, she is the man

      Squeegee - 2012-05-21 17:25

      Christopher, are you saying that if we paste Hellen's face over the Zuma painting it would actually be a complement?

      Peter - 2012-05-21 17:27

      @MATHATA - Ok so what has the ANC done lately for SA or your province?

      Mewik - 2012-05-21 17:33

      @squeegee no that would simply be vandalism and destruction of private property. Try come up with something original for once instead of always breaking things.

  • olivier.schonken - 2012-05-21 16:37

    Why don't they use this to pay a part of the GFIP roads... Would ease the taxpayers burden more than a youth subsidy that has big opposition. With the toll roads upping inflation, less jobs would be available as less money would be available to consumers due to the increased stress on consumers' pocket.

      Peter - 2012-05-21 16:46

      Because they have wasted enough of our tax money for something useless that adds not benefit to anyone but themselves. Also it gives SA a chance to see that Cosatu and ANC is full of lies and is completely useless

  • TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-21 16:37

    THE ANC should do the right thing for once and insure the youth of SA enjoy ECONOMIC FREEDOM! VIVA DA! ZILLE FOR PRESIDENT! VIVA WOMAN AND YOUTH OF SA! DOWN WITH THE ANC SCUM!

  • Christopher - 2012-05-21 16:42

    They(the government) will be too scared to give money to Zille for this, because they will realise how stupid Cosatu has been in stopping them to do this, as their will be a wonderful increase in young employment and experience in the working environment.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-05-21 17:00

      On the same note, we whites must stop with these white superiority mentality, the only thing setting us apart is our pale skin thus it. #copy that

  • Bryan - 2012-05-21 16:45

    COSATU is against the implementation of this program because it will not enjoy the benefit in it's back pocket.. Typical of the elite to oppose such an obviously positive plan of action.... Wank*rs!!!

  • Abby - 2012-05-21 16:49

    Typical of a country within a country. Why half of it to the Western Cape?????

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-21 16:52


      Phae - 2012-05-21 16:58

      Because Abby the ANC have been sitting the money since 2009, hence the request, if you don't won't to use it let us show you how.

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-05-21 17:05

      Because all white 'lads' live around the cape.

      Sharon - 2012-05-21 17:08

      Exactly, and if Cosatu is so dead set against it they should promote this idea, and put their money where their mouth is. They won't, because they know they will end up with egg on their faces. Way to go, Helen, force their hand!

      Christelle - 2012-05-21 17:13

      Abby, read the whole story. She wanted the full amount to be released for use in the whole country - that is what the march was about last week. Now she is saying, if you have reservations, give us half the money to show you that it can work. She is trying to find a resolution to a problem created by Cosatu.

      Christelle - 2012-05-21 17:14

      And Abby, one last thing, maybe if the whole country was run like the WC, nobody would look at the WC as a country within a country. They are making things work!!!

      Christelle - 2012-05-21 17:15

      and to Mzwandile - the "white lads" as you call them, are making the cape work dont they. Stop bitching and start learning from them!!!!!

      Peter - 2012-05-21 17:32

      @mzwandile.dlamanzi - Typical racist moron, heres a noddy badge, surprised you can actually put together a coherent sentence. Do you have facts to substantiate your claims?

      Ad - 2012-05-21 17:36

      why should any amount be of an issue if the ANC and Cosatu dont want to spent a cent at all?

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-05-21 17:45

      hehehe! Ok guys! I will invite u 4 a coffee and u obviously pay. The we work around transforming and slowly intergrating WC in SA. I know it will be challenge.

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