JOHANNESBURG: The City is setting the bar as a government that builds an enabling environment for a generation of young jobless South Africans to get work.
The Democratic Alliance has on Wednesday visited SMME’s (small, medium and micro-enterprises) including Khoebo Opportunity Centre (OPC) in Johannesburg and the eKasiLab Programme in Tshwane in an attempt to tackle youth unemployment and come with ideas of job creation.
“The DA-led governments in Johannesburg and Tshwane have a vision of being attractive places for young people to do business, we want these cities to be the simplest, quickest places to start a business, and where young entrepreneurs can get the support they need to turn great ideas into profitable companies,” said DA leader Mmusi Maimane.
According to the DA, with 42,8% of young South Africans between the ages of 25 and 34 who are unemployed and a slow economic growth of 1.3%, these hubs are crucial to assist the youth to become actively involved in the economy and can ultimately build successful and sustainable job-creating businesses.
With hope of winning votes in Gauteng ahead the 2019 National elections, the party said a DA-led City of Johannesburg will launch five more OPCs by the end of the year and aim to launch fourteen by 2021.
“The City is setting the bar as a government that builds an enabling environment for a generation of young jobless South Africans to get work,” said the DA.
The DA said, the Khoebo OPC and eKasiLab programme are some of the best examples of how people can together create a South Africa where every person can overcome poverty, unemployment, and achieve their fullest potential.