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Govt struggling to create jobs

2012-06-01 14:15

Pretoria - Job creation initiatives across government departments remain a challenge, according to a mid-term report tabled on Friday.

While "possibly over 350 000 jobs" were created last year, employment levels are still below those of 2008, before the recession, according to the "Mid-Term Review of the Priorities of Government", tabled by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane in Pretoria.

The document - which looks at the period 2009 to November last year, halfway through the 2009 to 2014 electoral term - further notes that youth unemployment "remains a serious challenge".

On education, the report calls for the department of basic education to strengthen its textbook distribution logistics, "with clear targets so that workbooks and textbooks arrive on time".

This was "still not the case in all provinces".

On the matric percentage pass rate, it says while this is on an upward trend, the overall average marks are not improving.

"There is an ongoing challenge to improve the quality of passes."

On housing, the review finds rapid urban migration has resulted in "a sharp increase in housing demand and informal settlement growth".

"There were... 1.2 million households in more than 2500 informal settlements, and 1.1 million in overcrowded and under-serviced conditions."

A graph included in the document shows a three-fold increase in service delivery protests since 2008, while satisfaction with local government continues to fall sharply.

The report further shows it is doubtful government will achieve its targets of providing 100% access to adequate sanitation by 2014, or 92% access to an electricity supply in the same year.

It calls for a "particular focus on improving access (to basic service targets) in the rural districts with the highest backlogs".

On the environment, the review finds 34% of South Africa's terrestrial ecosystems, 82% of its main river ecosystems and 65% of its marine bio-zones are threatened.

Half of the country's wetlands have already been destroyed.

It says water demand is expected to rise by 52% over the next 30 years, while the supply of water is likely to decline if the country lost more wetlands and if leaks from old and poorly-maintained municipal infrastructure persist.

On land reform, the review records that overall, including redistribution and restitution, 6.7 million hectares of land have been transferred between 1994 and last year.

"This represents 27% of the target of transferring 24.5 million hectares by 2014."

Further, 11 000 new smallholder farmers were established on the land since 2009, against a target of 50 000.

The full review can be read on the website, www.thepresidency-dpme.gov.za. 

Comments
  • Alan - 2012-06-01 14:39

    Of course you are 'struggling to create new jobs',ANC, when you adhere to outdated Communistic ideology. And 'employing' people in the Civil Service is not 'creating' jobs either, it's simply spending more of our hard-earned tax money on an already-bloated sector. Change our ridiculously rigid labour laws, rein in the unions and millions of jobs will be able to be created. But right now, it's not worth even trying to start up a business of note. Thanks to the Tripartite 'Alliance' (who don't seem vey 'allied' right now.)

      robbie.crouch - 2012-06-01 15:31

      I was going to say the same...

      robbie.crouch - 2012-06-01 15:35

      I was going to say the same...

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-06-01 15:44

    Reckon it's because by now all ANC supporters have jobs in government. Now they have to try and create jobs for non-ANC supporters or create more ANC supporters for the jobs still vacant. No wonder they're confused.

  • Bomb - 2012-06-01 18:54

    everyone is moving to the cities, so its time to move back to the "platteland". we can get the small towns going again, and growing,.....oh crap, then all the "passengers" will again follow to the platteland...damnit!

  • reinhildheimo.bohmer - 2012-06-01 20:28

    Mike Schüsslers research end of last year showed that there were more civil servants among the 5% top-earners of the country than from employers ! so- who wants to be an employer ?

  • reinhildheimo.bohmer - 2012-06-01 20:28

    Mike Schüsslers research end of last year showed that there were more civil servants among the 5% top-earners of the country than from employers ! so- who wants to be an employer ?

  • Vasee - 2012-06-01 22:00

    Where are the small enterprises in the leather and textile industries after 1994.The Chinese closed up these businesses with our govts.blessing by allowing them to get in cheap chinese imports.I remember a lot of indian businessman ran small clothing and shoe factories which employed blacks,indians and coloureds.They had to close as they could not compete with the cheap chinese imports which the govt.allowed to kill our small companies which provided much needed employment to the poor.Why is the govt.complaining now that millions are jobless. Stop these imports and go back to these small businesses who will create jobs which you couldnt.Even if it means asisting the small guy to open these businesses to give employment to the masses.If we dont do this we are going to end up like the Arab spring as it is already happening where the townships are burning. Also corruption should be stopped immediately with legislation curbing it with strict sentences. Wake up government before it is too late.

  • Vasee - 2012-06-01 22:02

    Where are the small enterprises in the leather and textile industries after 1994.The Chinese closed up these businesses with our govts.blessing by allowing them to get in cheap chinese imports.I remember a lot of indian businessman ran small clothing and shoe factories which employed blacks,indians and coloureds.They had to close as they could not compete with the cheap chinese imports which the govt.allowed to kill our small companies which provided much needed employment to the poor.Why is the govt.complaining now that millions are jobless. Stop these imports and go back to these small businesses who will create jobs which you couldnt.Even if it means asisting the small guy to open these businesses to give employment to the masses.If we dont do this we are going to end up like the Arab spring as it is already happening where the townships are burning. Also corruption should be stopped immediately with legislation curbing it with strict sentences. Wake up government before it is too late.

  • Vasee - 2012-06-01 22:04

    Where are the small enterprises in the leather and textile industries after 1994.The Chinese closed up these businesses with our govts.blessing by allowing them to get in cheap chinese imports.I remember a lot of indian businessman ran small clothing and shoe factories which employed blacks,indians and coloureds.They had to close as they could not compete with the cheap chinese imports which the govt.allowed to kill our small companies which provided much needed employment to the poor.Why is the govt.complaining now that millions are jobless. Stop these imports and go back to these small businesses who will create jobs which you couldnt.Even if it means asisting the small guy to open these businesses to give employment to the masses.If we dont do this we are going to end up like the Arab spring as it is already happening where the townships are burning. Also corruption should be stopped immediately with legislation curbing it with strict sentences. Wake up government before it is too late.

  • Vasee - 2012-06-01 22:05

    Where are the small enterprises in the leather and textile industries after 1994.The Chinese closed up these businesses with our govts.blessing by allowing them to get in cheap chinese imports.I remember a lot of indian businessman ran small clothing and shoe factories which employed blacks,indians and coloureds.They had to close as they could not compete with the cheap chinese imports which the govt.allowed to kill our small companies which provided much needed employment to the poor.Why is the govt.complaining now that millions are jobless. Stop these imports and go back to these small businesses who will create jobs which you couldnt.Even if it means asisting the small guy to open these businesses to give employment to the masses.If we dont do this we are going to end up like the Arab spring as it is already happening where the townships are burning. Also corruption should be stopped immediately with legislation curbing it with strict sentences. Wake up government before it is too late.

  • Vasee - 2012-06-01 22:07

    Where are the small enterprises in the leather and textile industries after 1994.The Chinese closed up these businesses with our govts.blessing by allowing them to get in cheap chinese imports.I remember a lot of indian businessman ran small clothing and shoe factories which employed blacks,indians and coloureds.They had to close as they could not compete with the cheap chinese imports which the govt.allowed to kill our small companies which provided much needed employment to the poor.Why is the govt.complaining now that millions are jobless. Stop these imports and go back to these small businesses who will create jobs which you couldnt.Even if it means asisting the small guy to open these businesses to give employment to the masses.If we dont do this we are going to end up like the Arab spring as it is already happening where the townships are burning. Also corruption should be stopped immediately with legislation curbing it with strict sentences. Wake up government before it is too late.

  • Vasee - 2012-06-01 22:09

    Where are the small enterprises in the leather and textile industries after 1994.The Chinese closed up these businesses with our govts.blessing by allowing them to get in cheap chinese imports.I remember a lot of indian businessman ran small clothing and shoe factories which employed blacks,indians and coloureds.They had to close as they could not compete with the cheap chinese imports which the govt.allowed to kill our small companies which provided much needed employment to the poor.Why is the govt.complaining now that millions are jobless. Stop these imports and go back to these small businesses who will create jobs which you couldnt.Even if it means asisting the small guy to open these businesses to give employment to the masses.If we dont do this we are going to end up like the Arab spring as it is already happening where the townships are burning. Also corruption should be stopped immediately with legislation curbing it with strict sentences. Wake up government before it is too late.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-02 06:20

    There is one solution to all these challenges, vote for the DA and competent governance!

  • Louis - 2012-06-02 07:37

    This is certainly not the only thing they are struggling with. Always full of promises, but they never deliver.

  • Chikane - 2012-06-02 10:13

    This govt will nt sustain being a feeding state. South Africans must shy away from this \dependency tendencies\. I read an article stating that Ekhuruleni unemployment is at 24%, I live there, the youth is not engaging in positive prolects, the elderly 3e waitin for RDP houses,,for how long should we wake up and stop smelling coffee and start drinking it?

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