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Youth Wage Subsidy talks accelerated

The DA hopes plans to fast track Youth Wage Subsidy talks are not empty words.

DA members march in support of the Youth Wage Subsidy. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance hopes plans by government to fast-track discussions around the Youth Wage Subsidy is not just all talk to coincide with Youth Month in June.

Minister Ebrahim Patel announced efforts to accelerate the process at a national level on Monday.

Negotiations at Nedlac have deadlocked as Cosatu continues to oppose the incentive initiative.

The DA's Musi Maimane said they would hold minister Patel to his wage subsidy commitments.

"His call for it to be accelerated is a welcomed one but we hope it is not empty words and he would keep to his promise."

Maimane added they wanted the Youth Wage Subsidy to be speeded up.

"We hold the view that the best way to honour young people who marched in 1976 and the young people of today, especially in June, is to implement the Youth Wage Subsidy. It would be a huge benefit to them."

On Monday, hundreds of DA members marched on the streets of central Pietermaritzburg demanding the immediate introduction of the subsidy.

They marched to the office of provincial premier Zweli Mkhize, who supports the subsidy.

Last month, the DA marched to Cosatu headquarters in Johannesburg, about job losses and Cosatu's opposition to the subsidy.

The march turned violent when Cosatu members allegedly began stoning DA marchers.

Cosatu said the subsidy suggests that high wages and restrictive labour laws are behind youth unemployment.

The trade union believe improving basic education, skills development and local procurement will help more.