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Govt not alleviating poverty, DA says

2012-11-01 20:46

Johannesburg - The government is not creating an environment that will alleviate poverty, the DA said on Thursday.

"Census statistics released on Tuesday has shown that the average income in Limpopo is R56 844 - which is the lowest or worst in South Africa," Democratic Alliance MP Jacques Smalle said in a statement.

"Unemployment grew from 20.2% to 38.9% and could be as high as 49.9% should it be expanded."

This was according to the new statistics released on Thursday.

Small said the DA's 8% growth project, in its policy for economic change, stated that everyone would be given the opportunity to take part in the economy and where state tenders would be open to all.

Education would prepare the youth for entry into the job-market.

"We want government to focus more on schools, incentives for the private sector, improvements and maintenance of basic infrastructure by pushing for more downstream investments by major companies, especially mines, to create more employment," he said.

DA MP Tim Harris welcomed the statistics council's response to questions on the quality of the Census 2011 data.

"We do however maintain that key questions remain unanswered and must be addressed in a hearing by Parliament’s standing committee on finance," he said in a statement.

These included an undercount of 14.6% of the population, and the integrity of demographic data relating to population figures and provincial population figures.

Harris said he wrote a letter to Thabadiawa Mufamadi, chairperson of the standing committee, to ask that the census results be reviewed.

"I requested that we summon minister Trevor Manuel, StatsSA, the Statistics Council, and the demographers who have raised concerns around the data, to Parliament to reassure the South African public that the Census results are reliable," he said.

The Statistics Council, which monitors censuses conducted by Statistics SA, on Thursday said the Census results were accurate.

Comments
  • luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-01 20:52

    I wonder if these stats take into account the MILLIONS of foreign Africans currently living and working in SA, and how many jobs have they seized? Its a pity that the government allowed millions to just flock to SA when the local people are struggling to find work.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-01 21:30

      As Prof Jansen said...tenders can only help a few....Local Govt. should not be dependent on "consultants" and outsourcing of "routine" operations like fixing potholes, garbage collections, building of RDP houses etc,etc.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-01 21:55

      Prof Jansen for President! The government is expecting to much from the private sector w.r.t creating jobs, they are the ones that should pull finger and create jobs! With this current government, not much investment interest is given to SA.

      heinrich.etsebeth - 2012-11-02 07:44

      @ISO: it is not in Governments mandate to directly create jobs. It is in their mandate however to provide an environment for free enterprise to flourish so that they can create jobs through economic growth. If the government employs someone they have to pay that salary. 80% of that salary needs to be paid by someone not in government through the collection of taxes. If everyone works for the government then there won't be anyone to foot that 80% excess on salary bills never mind the capital needed for all of the government projects such as GFIP and Gautrain

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-11-01 20:55

    Had all the money stolen in Limpopo been invested in the infra-structure their average income would have been much higher.

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-11-01 21:08

    DA again you question statistics data but you agree with the same stats in Limpopo. What the government did is create a welfare society where sadly the majority of our population are expecting hand outs. On capita South Africans are not poor, they are just lazy and uneducated. There were no shacks in my province during Mangope time because of rural development. Till today you can not find a single shack in my village because people believe in hard work. Unfortunately the smart ANC dismantled all the good policies for rural development and replaced them with tenders.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-01 21:23

    Govt's idea of alleviating poverty - and all its horrible consequences - is to force the burden onto the private sector. Viz losing BEE points for not supporting charities that do not have 100% black recipients. They have no interest in poverty because in their paradigm, it simply cannot exist. If it did, they'd have to admit failure of 100+ years of rhetoric

  • Jeff Mphutlane - 2012-11-01 21:29

    yadayadayada all the time ... making yourselves look like angels ... wtf you are all the same .. first it was the whites and now its the blacks turn .... so whats the fuss

      yrhonour.honour - 2012-11-01 21:45

      excuse me i'm going to the toilet as i just ate a bowl of alphabet soup and i think my sh#t will give a better argument than yours!

      KReddy - 2012-11-01 22:08

      I believe you missed the point completely as its not about black vs white. Sad actually. @ honor, lolentation. Jeff, where you educated in zimpopo?

      vicki.malatse - 2012-11-01 22:15

      True,but the difference between the whites and blacks is white goverment was helping poor white people and the black goverment is stealing froom the poor blacks

      MrGrumpy - 2012-11-01 23:48

      That is a very sad perspective Jeff and shows a complete absence of ethical grounding. The fuss is that it is wrong - regardless of which race perpetrates it. Attitudes like yours are the reason why Africa is regarded as nothing more than a mine for resources by any other continent. Good luck dude, but your children or grandchildren will starve if you perpetuate a lack of morality. What a base individual.

  • phumlani.veliti - 2012-11-01 21:35

    Doubt if those statistics are 100% accurate. We all know that data(info) can be easily maninupalated to please certain individuals. I don't trust this goverment it has a lot of hidden agendas.

  • phumlani.veliti - 2012-11-01 21:37

    Doubt if those statistics are 100% accurate. We all know that data(info) can be easily maninupalated to please certain individuals. I don't trust this goverment it has a lot of hidden agendas.

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-01 21:40

    there is more than enough money to meet all targets & objectives... the trick is to STOP the ANC from putting their grubby little paws into the coffers for their own private & personal purposes!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2013-02-06 11:36

      No tricks required, just vote the pigs out of power, we will ALL be better off, except the presently chosen few of course.

  • Tseke Mphela - 2012-11-02 00:46

    it makes sense..many private companies are shutting doors..this is because when the economy gets though...private entities struggle to bounce back..the government rather give out grants..instead of bailing out private companies..they are the pillars of this economy..they are the ones coughing out the tax for this government to spend..i think we could get more..nationalization is the way forward..one thing juju got wrong is thinking that nationalization should only benefit black people..Nationalization should benefit people of all races..all south african citizens!!

  • andrew.arnesen - 2012-11-02 07:13

    Government should be 'colour-blind' in their policies instead of trying to make things better for select groups. This is where BEE is failing because cronyism and entitlement means that the 'elite, nouveau riche' blacks get richer whilst everyone else gets worse off. If they scrapped BEE and gave out opportunities to everyone who was interested, irrespective of race, 80% of that effort would go to black people anyway as they are the majority. Pursuing these divisive policies does nothing for anyone.

  • dell.adamsonbeissel - 2012-11-02 07:44

    Perhaps we are all being blinded - maybe the intention of the ANC is to keep the masses uneducated for a vote - if you are uneducated and ignorant you will vote for your colour and not in the best interests of the country

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2013-02-06 11:37

      No maybe about it dell, you have hit the nail right on the head.

  • heidi.pierce.12 - 2012-11-02 07:52

    Can the DA please stop criticizing and start putting out a positive message. Obama was elected on a positive message : "Yes, we can". We need hope. There are more than enough nay-sayers. How about this: Some countries have some tourist attractions and they build whole economies around them. We have tourist attractions times 1000. Some countries have natural resources and they build whole economies around them. We have natural resources times 1000. Some countries has agriculture and they build whole economies around them.We have agriculture times 1000. Some counties have friendly, innovative people . We have friendly innovative people times 10000000. There is no reason why everybody in SA can not have a good life. We just need to change what is not working. We can do it.

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