Mabuza backs youth wage subsidy

2012-07-03 21:01

Johannesburg - Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has asked the DA in the province to send a submission to Nedlac for the proposed youth wage subsidy, his spokesperson said on Tuesday.

"Premier Mabuza told the DA MPL leader [Anthony Benadie] at a meeting today [Tuesday] that although he personally supported the youth wage subsidy, it would be advisable to send a submission to Nedlac as the matter was currently [being] discussed there," Mabuza's spokesperson Zibonele Mncwango said in a statement.

This was after Benadie had asked Mabuza to sign a letter of endorsement to run a provincial programme.

Mabuza told the Democratic Alliance the matter was at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) so they could not start their own processes.

Mncwango quoted Mabuza as saying: "We cannot start our own processes, otherwise we would be seen as people who are discussing not in good faith."

Benadie on Tuesday said Mabuza endorsed the proposed youth wage subsidy.

"During the course of our meeting with the premier, he expressed his agreement on the importance of the youth wage subsidy as a means to address the ever-increasing youth unemployment rate in the province," Benadie said in a statement.

"We agreed on the basic premise of the subsidy and what it would mean to employers and employees alike."

He said the DA appreciated the "openness and spirit" in which Mabuza discussed the subsidy.

The DA was going around the country lobbying premiers to implement the wage subsidy in their respective provinces.

Last month, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize said the province supported the subsidy, but would wait for a recommendation from Nedlac.

Last week, during the African National Congress' four-day policy conference, Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile said delegates rejected the youth subsidy.

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

Last month, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said moves had been underway to accelerate discussions at the Nedlac, particularly in June, also known as youth month.

Until now talks had consistently deadlocked amid opposition from the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

  • Activity Bookings - 2012-07-03 21:15

    Why no support from cosatu?

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 05:06

      An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism".. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all). After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied 'hard' were upset and the students who studied 'little' were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied 'even less' and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied 'little'. The second test average was a 'D'. No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that "socialism" would also ultimately 'fail' because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 05:06

      Could not be any simpler than that. Remember, there IS a test coming up. " elections sometime soon – perhaps the sooner the better"

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-04 06:27

      Nice and simple to understand, isn't it scebberish. But politicians find it easy to pull the wool over peoples eyes, as the voters don not want to hear or understand the truth, the falacy sounds too good and they cling to it. To be fair, not all about socialism is bad. Certain aspects need to be dealt with in a "socialistic" manner, there are some excellent examples of this in Europe.

      Marco - 2012-07-04 08:22

      scebberish has got a modern day aesops fable there

  • thenga.pfananani - 2012-07-03 21:23

    Thanx premier Mabuza 4 geting in2 the shoes of unemployed graduate youth who are so desparate out there, you must push hard b4 things went out of hand please!

  • thenga.pfananani - 2012-07-03 21:30

    Cosatu is not to be trusted, that is why they are not saying a word about this R2b jet, dont be suprised if Vavi is involved in this deal

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-07-03 21:44

      Agreed. Cosatu only cares about getting their membership fees and won't do get involved in any policy discussions that forces their members to ask why they pay those fees.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-04 06:29

      It is amazing how they never criticise the fancy things the elite leaders in this country have, yet issues affecting the poor are only condemned if populist. Why do the poor accept this?

  • mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-07-03 22:13

    Why am I not surprised?

  • mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-07-03 22:38

    children of company bosses do get employed fresh from the school with no experience of any kind, I'm surprised nobody questions that. people only concentrating on cosatu.If you are determined with or without experience you will succeed & be productive in your job, but bcoze now there's a talk of wage subsidy, bosses are digging their heels, they want to cash-in, talk of greed & fat cats.

  • Walela - 2012-07-04 09:46

    Mabuza and Mkhize again

  • Musawakhe - 2012-07-04 13:08

    We rejected the youth wage subsidy last week in the policy conference, we rather opt for a job-seekers' fund. The DA is just playing a dirty political game using young blacks. Now they are telling lies about Premier Mabuza. Bloody opportunists!

  • rhonny.phasha - 2012-08-13 19:02

    stupid mabuza,how a blind person lead the provice,is been \r\nrejected by nec of ur organisation and u where there, shame on u cause u just want to please u mentor Jz thats all nothing else

  • rhonny.phasha - 2012-08-13 19:02

    stupid mabuza,how a blind person lead the provice,is been \r\nrejected by nec of ur organisation and u where there, shame on u cause u just want to please u mentor Jz thats all nothing else

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