Zille rubbishes job seekers' grant

2012-08-06 14:34

Cape Town - A proposed job seekers' grant will incentivise young people to remain jobless, DA leader Helen Zille said on Monday.

Speaking to the media in parliament, Zille echoed the concerns of other groups, including the Black Business Council, which is more optimistic about a youth wage subsidy rather than a grant.

Other commentators have said detail is lacking, especially about whether taxpayers will fund the scheme.

"It would provide yet another grant that would entrench unemployment and even potentially incentivise young people to stay out of work," Zille said on Monday.

The job seekers' fund was discussed at the ANC policy conference in June.

"It is a holding pattern designed to keep the ANC alliance partners happy until Mangaung is over," Zille said.

She said a youth wage subsidy was the only way to go.

Zille said it was imperative that initiatives, like lowering the cost of doing business, were put in place, and that inflexible labour laws were amended.

"This, coupled with the proposed youth wage subsidy, which incentivises the employment of unskilled young people, is the plan South Africa needs."

The DA announced last week what it has called an "opportunity voucher scheme" to fund those who want to start their own businesses or people interested in developing skills.


  • cj.venter - 2012-08-06 14:43

    of course the taxpayers would pay for this, that's the only way the anc operates.

      boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-06 15:05

      Once again Helen shows the leadership qualities,that require basic logical thinking, so sadly lacking amongst the " comrades. " Ah.....If only !

      vuyisan - 2012-12-20 16:39

      @boffin.bobreturns: it is unfortunate that Helen comes from the "wrong party"

  • ava1962 - 2012-08-06 14:49

    I agree with Helen Zille, I once worked in the domestic cleaning industry, most of the young girls working for me, were determined to fall pregnant every year because they said they get money for the child from the government. they don't think further than the money, the small amount they get does not even buy the nappies for the month, never mind clothing food and education.

      Yvonne Katz - 2013-03-24 09:08

      I see it as a regular uccurnace here in the UK with council houses and benefits

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-08-06 15:00

    Quite correct Ms Zille, the ANC are intent on keeping their own people uneducated, unemployed and dependent. It provides them with ammo to blame the rest of us working slobs for the youth dilemma, and anything else that comes up. The cANCer are more likely to lead SA into civil war than they are to find solutions to problems they themselves have created, good old liberation movement with no ambition other than to put as much as possible into their own pockets. Nothing changes, except the names and faces, and we continue to pay for their lack of vision. If the ANC were a business they would have been bankrupt a long time ago, and deservedly so.

  • jason.croxford.56 - 2012-08-06 15:26

    Why not spend that money on training the unemployed and creating employment and empowerment.Handing out money is only going to perpetuate the problem and will not solve the current status quo. It smacks of the ANC paying for votes again.

      stefan.heyns.9 - 2012-08-07 00:58

      That's exactly what the Youth Wage Subsidy is designed to do; give unemployed people the opportunity to obtain necessary skills to become contributing members of society.

  • michael.rampatla - 2012-08-06 15:34

    Those ANC comrates are normal or they do need a mental backup, to support their mind. What the hell is that grand. We don't want grant we want salaries, we are not a nanny society

      jako.merwe - 2012-08-06 15:40


  • colin.taylor.9883 - 2012-08-06 15:39

    So I take it the thousands of unemployed white males who are jobless due to BEE displacement will NOT be eligible for this so-called Job Seekers Grant??? Wake up ANC and stop wasting taxpayers money....

  • nduduzo2 - 2012-08-06 15:49

    To me this grant doesn't make any sense. The only thing it will create is a never ending money vacuum....

  • Kamohelo Olifant - 2012-08-06 16:33

    ANC are out of ideas,Ofcos this is done to get more votes...stupid ANC

  • deon.evert - 2012-08-06 17:57

    There's no point in giving people jobseekers grants if there are no jobs to seek.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-08-06 18:51

    Come 2014 DA Gets my vote with all their non-white/black positive attitudes towards the future of this country...and i hope its not a jackal wearing a sheep suite like what ANC did.

  • tommo.too - 2012-08-07 00:15

    The party begins. And more gifts will follow until elections. After that it's business as usual. The blind leading the blind...

  • EricksonTL - 2012-08-07 08:43

    YAY! Just what we need! Another social grant! FML. Are the ANC REALLY retarded, or do they just sit on their brains?

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-07 15:05

    Listen to Helen

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-08-07 19:33

    Good on u helen. Like we need another grant to keep people sittting on their asses while the tax payer funds them.

  • themba.nsele.71 - 2012-12-20 11:05

    I think only the eldest must get grant. The youth upwards must get granted bursaries for their education. You can not keep on fetching a fish for somebody, better train that somebody to be empowered to fetch their own fishes, they may even get dip the see if they are not restricted at the edge and even get more to boost the economy of the country. I think when these things are done and decided, we need to thing long term plan. I agree with Helen but that does not mean I must now vote for her.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-20 15:29

      Here's a bit of education, Themba, free - if you agree with someone, you vote for them. If you don't, don't. Get it?

  • KCorsar - 2012-12-20 11:05

    A job seekers grant, and how exactly would this qualify people to gain employment; how long is it intended to encourage people to remain jobless. We have the UIF system, which is pretty poor and is only accessible to previously employed parties that HAD been employed previously and contributed. That system needs revision. Government should be focused on job CREATION, not crutches!

  • charles.kubhayi.3 - 2012-12-20 11:33

    Zille favours the wage subsidy because it benefits the private companies that do not want to employ the youth because they want to make more profit for bonuses and to buy machines instead of employing the youth. Zille will never be happy to see the youth (who are particularly black) benefitting more than private companies that are predominantly white owned.

      mbuso.siera - 2012-12-21 10:09

      So basically with the dole system you can have the very same youth in your factory working there for 6 months, getting their skills developed ,you giving them training....but not paying them becouse they are receiving a grant will be benefiting....

  • Yvonne Katz - 2013-03-24 09:06

    It will become just like the Uk and Europe with Benefits.

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