ANCYL promises to curb youth unemployment

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) promises more jobs to address youth unemployment. This comes as more and more young people are finding themselves jobless after completing school.


The situation is exacerbated by drugs and alcohol. In a blitz campaign in Limpopo, the ANCYL says more jobs will be created when the ANC retains power in the province.

The ANCYL gave out T-shirts and sanitary towels during its campaigning in the central business district of Polokwane. “We can explain to our people that the ANC will continue to give them better services and the ANC has made a commitment to continue serving our people,” says ANCYL Chairperson in Limpopo, Vincent Shoba.

Shoba adds, “The message to the young ones is simple: ANC has made a commitment to create more jobs for them and we will be encouraging also the private sector to come to the party so that they can assist the government in creating jobs for the young ones.”

“We have to look at how we centralise or create a desk where young people can go and make sure their issues are addressed.”

The Youth League Campaign will be at Ga-Maja village on Saturday, where Minister Nathi Mthethwa is expected address the rally.

In Upington, the Northern Cape Provincial government lent its ears to its youth concerns. Hundreds attended a summit where they spoke frankly about their challenges.

“We have to look at how we centralise or create a desk where young people can go and make sure their issues are addressed,” says Northern Cape premier, Sylvia Lucas.

About 45% of the youth are unemployed in the Northern Cape and drugs and alcohol remain huge challenges.

Meanwhile, the Young African Entrepreneurs have defended the USAID Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme. Saying it is not a programme to recruit spies but a network to empower and develop Africans.

“Yes we welcome the support and the good investment from the US government but also we’re very aware that this is no way makes us sympathetic, this in no way softens us to whatever policies or agendas may be imposed on us because we benefitted from such a programme,” says US Aid Chairperson, Luthando Zuba.

The Young African Leadership Institute fellows met at Johannesburg international airport to network and showcase their enterprises.


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