- The ANC has announed several plans to tackle high unemployment
- They include lowering the cost of data and removing work experience requirements for entry-level jobs, among others
- The proposals come as unemployment rates remain dire
The ANC NEC held a three-day lekgotla in Pretoria this week to discuss pressing issues such as South Africa's high unemployment rate.
On Tuesday, the party's secretary-general, Ace Magashule, announced some of the measures the ANC planned to take to alleviate the problem.
Their plans focused on several key areas, including establishing youth employment programmes and skilling job-seekers.
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One of the key proposals Magashule outlined was a plan to do more to undo the legacy of apartheid spatial planning, which explains the far distances many workers have to travel to their jobs and which makes it more difficult for employees to get to work.
Magashule also announced another measure to reduce the obstacles in the way of job-seekers finding employment: lowering the cost of data. According to Times Live, Magashule did not elaborate on how this would be achieved, however. Nevertheless, data prices in South Africa remain high relative to many other countries and make it more difficult for many to access to job opportunities online.
Additionally, Magashule said that work experience requirements for many entry-level positions would be lifted in order to give more people opportunities to find employment, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
While these measures are much-needed, there is a certain irony to Magashule announcing proposals aimed at reducing unemployment.
After all, his controversial comments regarding "quantitative easing" have been blamed for causing a sudden dip in the value of the rand.
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