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The new struggle is the struggle for jobs, says Maimane

While the struggle pre-1994 was to secure workers’ rights, the struggle post-1994 is the struggle for jobs and employment, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Sunday.

“Political freedom has been attained; yet economic freedom is still a pipedream for the 8.2 million jobless South Africans,”he told a Workers’ Day even in Cape Town.

One in every three people in South Africa currently could not find work.

“Amid job-killing national government policy, where we govern, the DA has taken huge strides towards creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs and small business to thrive so that new jobs can be created. At a time when 8.2 million South Africans are without a job we can no longer afford to have poorly thought-out laws that make finding a job even harder,” he said.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs had the potential to be the engine for job creation, but South Africa had one of the highest failure rates for start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Making it easier for entrepreneurs to start up and grow their small businesses, by cutting unnecessary red tape and regulation, was vitally important to ensure real jobs were created.

Research showed that millions of new small businesses were the only sustainable way to beat unemployment.

Small businesses already employed the huge majority of new workers in the economy.

The DA believed that to create five million new jobs, one million new small businesses were needed.

“Since we began governing in 2006, the DA-run City of Cape Town has successfully implemented a programme of action to identify and repeal legislation, policies, and by-laws and cut red tape in the city. The purpose of this project has been to make it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to start and thrive in Cape Town, thereby making it easier to create jobs in Cape Town,” Maimane said.

Over 300 outdated by-laws, policies, and plans had been repealed since 2006 by the city of Cape Town. Many previous policies were predicated on old apartheid laws that had never been repealed when the metro was run by the African National Congress.

These by-laws, policies, and regulations, many from the apartheid era, still existed in other metros and acted as a hindrance to entrepreneurs who wanted to start up small businesses in these cities.

The results were there for all to see. There had been a small business boom in Cape Town that had led to the creation of many shared working spaces.

Most importantly, unemployment in the Western Cape was now at 19 % , the lowest in the country. Investment in the city had increased, while it was dropping nationally, in turn creating new jobs.

– By ANA

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