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Implement Youth Wage Subsidy - Zille

Helen Zille on Monday reiterated the Youth Wage Subsidy was the only available tool to tackle poverty.

Hellen Zille marches. Picture: Andrea van Wyk/EWN
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Local Politics

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Monday reiterated the Youth Wage Subsidy is the only available tool to tackle poverty and unemployment in South Africa.

Zille and Western Cape Economic Development MEC Alan Winde outlined the province's progress in addressing what they described as the "youth employment crisis".

The two officials discussed the Work and Skills Program, equivalent to the Youth Wage Subsidy, which has been running since 2009.

Zille believes the province’s program should be testimony to national government that the Youth Wage Subsidy will work.

Over a three-year period, more than 2,000 people in the province benefited from the programme, many of whom have since been offered full time jobs.

The initiative offers those between the ages of 18 and 35 with a matric certificate an opportunity to participate in a six months work experience programme.

Zille said President Jacob Zuma was failing the youth by not implementing the scheme nationally.

She challenged Treasury and national government to give the R5 billion set aside to the Western Cape to show how well the Youth Subsidy Programme could work.

Last week, the Democratic Alliance (DA) embarked on a march to the Congress of the South African Trade Union (Cosatu) House over the scheme.

Cosatu has been accused of stalling the implementation of the subsidy.

The trade union is against the system as it believes it will lead to further job losses.

The DA march turned violent when the protesters were met by Cosatu members, who allegedly started hurling rocks at the protesters.

A Mail&Guardian reporter and several protesters were injured.

The DA has since laid charges of incitement of violence, intimidation and illegal gathering against Cosatu.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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