|by Adv Boitumelo Babuseng MPL – DA Provincial Spokesperson for Economic Affairs|
|Date: 15 August 2017|
|Type: Press Statement|
|The results of the recent Quarterly Labour Force Survey show that the Northern Cape under the ANC has the highest expanded unemployment rate in the country, at 43,3%.|
This sad state of affairs is a consequence of a lack of political will by the ANC to reduce unemployment in the Northern Cape.
As of June 2017, almost half of the desperate and unemployed people in the province are unable to find work. The province has potential to create opportunities in agriculture, mineral resources, tourism and renewable energy, but a lack of political leadership means that these opportunities will never be exploited for the benefit of the unemployed.
The Department of Economic Development & Tourism has shown time and again that it does not have a plan to create jobs or to support the creation of jobs in the private sector.
The Economic Growth and Development Fund, which is meant to serve as a vehicle for the development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) continues to enrich only the politically connected elite, to the cost of deserving and emerging entrepreneurs. A recent example is the reported misappropriation of R26 million from this fund.
While the politically connected benefit corruptly from this fund, almost half of the people of the province are unemployed and meaningful support to SMMEs is missing. For our SMMEs to thrive, we must judge entrepreneurs on the basis of their business plans and not on the basis of their political membership.
The ANC provincial administration neither knows how to create jobs nor cares about the plight of the unemployed, especially the youth.