Nzimande: Create jobs for stability

2012-10-05 19:00

Johannesburg - Creating jobs is essential to social stability, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said at the annual convention of the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Friday.

"Without being able to work, people cannot fulfil their potential as human beings," he said in a speech prepared for delivery.

Social grants kept people alive in times of need.

"But they are no substitute for employment, whether [it is] employment in an organisation or self-employment."

Jobs gave people the satisfaction of contributing to the wealth of society and passed on to their children a positive attitude to work.

Nzimande said there were around three million youth, between the ages of 18 and 24, who were neither employed, nor in education or training.

Those who did not have reasonable hope of finding jobs had little stake in maintaining a stable society.

"I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that the future stability and prosperity of our society depends on creating opportunities for these young people."

Although education alone could not create jobs and economic growth, growth in a modern economy could not take place without the relevant knowledge and skills, he said.

The department of higher education aimed to expand university access by 600 000 students and vastly increase enrolment at other tertiary institutions by 2030.

However, graduates would also need practical experience.

"So it is essential that employers in both the public and private sectors become involved in providing training spaces to young trainees, either as apprentices, learners or interns."

Aside from the benefits of honing their skills, this experience taught young people workplace discipline and team work.

Training was good for business and the economy, Nzimande said.

"We have a great opportunity to work together for the benefit of our country and for the betterment of our young people. Let's use it."

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-05 19:26

    Create Job, dont make me laugh, look whats going on around us, striking workers holding their employers to ramsome,even threatening to kill them and now we must employ more people. Please, with all the red tape and who and who you may not employ, thank you I will refrain and my hubby and I aree quiet happy in our little home business. We got out of our other business when our workers started calling the tune, we had 35 people employed, we closed up and now we are happy, stress free just the two of us. Until this government stops interferring in business and stops all the racial devide thing, unemployment is going to get higher and higher.

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-10-05 19:33

    your'e president promised 5,000,000 jobs?

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-05 19:36

    He should ask his buddy Jacob where the promised 5 000 000 jobs went. Oh and private property upgrade jobs don't count as they are only temporary!

  • hein.huyser - 2012-10-05 19:46

    Ja moron, that we know well, all we have to do is to drop the racis legislation around getting and access to loans and a few million jobs in the PRIVATE sector can be created, virtually overnight. But allas, the communist thinking will keep you from this simple formula.

  • daleinn - 2012-10-05 19:59

    Blade u starting to talk some sense.. now you have an inequeality of higher number of black graduates unemployed.. what do you do invest more in education, or restructure resources to job creation??? talk to your comrades about corruption, lets say take R203 million rand for a ministerial premises upgrade, would you A) allocate it to more education B) create more jobs, stop wild cat strikes, encourage foreign investment? get your BRICS partners in, and improve on your trade deficit, thus creating more employment? tighten border and customs control???

  • Zahir - 2012-10-05 20:03

    The mines created thousands of jobs then you comrades told the workers to asks for wages the co would not pay them so what now commie

  • daleinn - 2012-10-05 20:04

    "So it is essential that employers in both the public and private sectors become involved in providing training spaces to young trainees, either as apprentices, learners or interns." Government is corroding business in private sectors, ill defined support for entreprenuers? Bottom line, we need to be producing goods and exporting increasing trade , we cant be rotating money only inside an economy?? So yes, we can work together, but the government has to play a more integral role in "bringing home the bacon"

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-05 20:12


  • cindy.wrathex.ruthven - 2012-10-05 20:32

    Create jobs: Demand very high wages even though there are thousands of jobless people who would take the job at the lower wage. Strike and let production down at the jobs that have been created. Ignore the economics of demand and supply. Demand demand demand even when there is over-supply of labour. Vandalise, destroy and burn and then expect new investors to create jobs. There is little hope, little understanding of the situation, but great empty speeches and promises are continuously being made.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-05 20:41

    I'm so tired of these politricksters stating the obvious. As if by having said it, it will magically appear. The media isn't a magic lamp out of which job genies appear. Not just Blade, from JZ onward, please do the jobs you were hired to do. Please do not open your mouths or show your faces until you can tell us the HOW and WHEN. And for any aspirant nominees out there, this goes for you too. No more cute-soundbites. We want a concrete, viable, measurable plan for every promise and opinion.

  • davy.botha - 2012-10-05 20:52

    Cosatu, SACP, ANC must create the jobs and not expect these white devils to do it, because most of the time the white devils get vilified but when things are expected to be made to happen they actually point towards these white devils. They are such hypocrites Vavi, Zuma, Blade and the ruling party/goverment. Rather put down a plan with details as to how to create jobs for 25% unemployed and see who are willing to invest with the way you are running things ANC the investors are becoming scarce, right!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-05 21:32

      Ja well The Alliance finally have their wish. To reduce the entire country to the lowest common-denominator. It started with edu and was perpetuated by the Unions not pursuing sustainable wages and the govt and the Unions not pursuing living conditions, health care, welfare, safety, security. All things nicely written down aeons ago. But nothing was ever done. Now, on the edge of 2013 they want to wrecktify 18 years of inactivity with demands for R16500 salaries, jobs for all, without being able to deliver a textbook or provide a toilet.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-05 21:27

    As an apprentice I started at R9.60 a week and in articles I started at R110 a month. It wasn't easy and at month end I got pretty hungry. But I survived. That was 40 years ago. I paid for my own university fees. I never went on strike, toy toyed or demanded anything from my employers. I was greatful for my jobs and still am friendly with my old bosses. Nowdays everybody just wants a free ride and doesn't think delivering anything in return is important. With that mentality you are destined to fail.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-10-05 22:52

    He should ask his buddy AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGESS where the promised. 5 000 000 jobs went. Oh and private property upgrade jobs don't count as they are only temporary¬°

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-10-06 08:44

    "Without being able to work, people cannot fulfil their potential as human beings," why are your comrades striking in the mining and transport sectors them, tell the to get back to work!

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-06 09:01

    @ Blade: "So it is essential that employers in both the public and private sectors become involved in providing training spaces to young trainees, either as apprentices, learners or interns." Funny how when the cr@p hits the fan it is always the "private sector" that must man-up. We the taxpayers give you enough money to do that. You are the one that had a lot to say about the SETAs wanting to close them down. All these promises only appear once every five years before the anc conference.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-06 10:28

    I hope the unemployed all turn on the Cancer and their Union partners. I hope they sew you up good. Then maybe we can get somebody with a bit of sense and start putting this country back together again. Its time of change and together we can do that. Keeping these extravagant corrupt thieves in their jobs wont work, they are going to ruin out country. TIME FOR CHANGE TATA MA CHANCE. We should not be happy with the CANCER telling people who will be the next president, we want a vote after all this is our country and we all DEMAND to have our vote who will be the best guy for the job.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-10-06 11:15

    You need to create a work ethic before worrying about jobs

  • FUNKMASTERFLEX.AKA.BAIN - 2012-10-06 11:33

    In a perfect world the unemployed would turn on people like blaze for wasting governments resources and not creating jobs and just a bunch of useless hot air.Time has come sa to turn on the ANC for lack of delivery

  • hsnam - 2012-10-06 11:44

    Why create jobs if the workers tend to strike, rampage and loot when it pleases them? Look at what is happening now. You do not want to start a business and risk having these crazies causing you major grief because they think they are entitled to more money than what they are actually worth.

  • alf.pop - 2012-10-06 11:50

    So bra Blade, you never fulfilled your full potential, because you never did a honest day's work in your life! But you did adopt the attitude of the South African workers: Demand, demand, demand!our Unions and the SACP are a bunch of leeches. South Africa must be the only country that has unionised workers, who pay their fees every month, but when it comes to a strike, they are left without any financial support from a strike fund! Maybe some day some workers will wake up and ask where the unions spend the money!

  • ishmael.valoyi - 2012-10-06 12:32

    Blade! are you on drugs or something..Good training start at school, which you and your union friends have destroyed.Let those unions and this puppet government create those jobs you are talking about..Anyway Zooma promised the country that he will create 5,000,000 jobs..!

  • eugene.mulder1 - 2012-10-06 18:22

    How can you create jobs? If people who have work are un-thankfull for what they have?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-06 18:41

    Until the playing field is equalled, business will not want to employ more than they need to. When the playing field is equal, you can have people of all races working side by side, by doing this it will create on the job training because people will be working together, those with more knowledge will help those who dont have. It will also teach them job etiquite, and less corruption will take place. Today, when you shop or walk into any business, you wonder if you should be there as you are stared at by some big lady, you knees start to shake in case she takes a swipe at you. There is no good morning how may I help you and pleasant smile ....eish and this is who you have to employ to greet your customers. Takes her half an hour to lever herself off the chair. Sorry, when I visit some of these places, if feel for the owners because many of them never see what the customer sees. In the old days they always employed a very pretty lady at reception even if she was a dumb blonde but she was pleasant and pleasing to the eye. Today we have a very different story....most times you can cut the air with a knife.

  • andre.vanzyl.58 - 2012-10-07 03:40

    When you have a spineless government that allows strikers to run riot, don't expect the private sector to create jobs. It is clear that every action by government is geared towards staying in power. The working class are the voting majority so keep them happy even if it means destroying industry. Blade, your empty and often racist utterances are worthless. Imagine if Jonathan Janssen was in your job....

  • lungile.ndyibithi - 2012-10-07 06:41

    Mr Nzimande, you are part of government now between you and your colleagues you have to make this happen. Your talk has no value to us as citizens of this country so please stop trying to be smart in conferences or media and do some work.

  • bongane.ralph - 2012-10-07 07:33

    Job creation has become one of main issues in this country and as such nothing was done,people are getting skilled/educated then after they cannot be employed because Government Departments are under administration. It's quite suprising because you should first fill up your lacking gaps before you turn to say something

  • boitumelon1 - 2012-10-07 09:05

    this guys talk too much and don't deliver...

  • sydney.gutyungwa - 2012-10-07 11:25

    Every common citizen in SA like myself, knows that these so-called-ministers must from time after time, say something vague to the media, just to fool some uninformed supporters out there, that these s*ckers actually care and are doing something for the undeserving salaries they earn on our backs! If the minister is so troubled in his soul about the plight of the unemployed in this country, he'd have given one his two jobs long time ago, instead of crying crocodiles eys. I think we need economic stability more than we need jobs since jobs cannot be created in this current instability where corruption and stealing by the same ministers forms part of their CV's. How can we have a stable economy when incompetent people hold position of powers, from our I-don't-care president Zuma to the monister withour potfolio?

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