Job Summit 2018: Ramaphosa says it's time to put South Africa first

Job Summit 2018: Ramaphosa says it's time to put South Africa first

- President Ramaphosa feels that part of the solution to unemployment in SA is to buy South African products

- The president believes that by supporting local companies and factories, more jobs can be created

- He has called on South Africans to put South Africa first

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President Ramaphosa addressed South Africa on the first day of the 2018 Job Summit on 4 October.

He said during his address that if we do not buy goods made by South African hands, there will be no factories and no workers.

The president called on South Africans to buy local, instead of imported goods. He believes this will help create more jobs.

This is the time to put South Africa first. This is the time to put South Africans first.

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JacarandaFM reports that the government hopes to create at least 300 000 jobs.

With an unemployment rate of over 27%, drastic measures are needed to fix the issue.

President Ramaphosa aims to bring down this rate to at the very least 6% by 2030. reported earlier that in the last 10 years, 1.7 million South Africans have become unemployed.

According to statistics released by StatsSA, 6.1 million people are currently unemployed - 27.2% of the population.

The overall unemployment rate for men is 25.3% and women have a rate of 29.5%.

It is hoped that President Ramaphosa's plans will work and save the country from the unemployment crisis it is facing.

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