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Zille addresses unemployed youth

DA leader Helen Zille is currently addressing hundreds of unemployed youth outside the Union Buildings.

DA leader Helen Zille addresses unemployed young people outside the Union Buildings on 10 September 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

PRETORIA - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille is currently addressing hundreds of unemployed youths at the Union Buildings, Pretoria.

She handed a memorandum to the Presidency calling for the immediate implementation of the Youth Wage Subsidy.

The document was received by Deputy Minister in the Presidency Obed Bapela.

He told the crowd that some consensus had been reached on the subsidy at the last National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) meeting.

Bapela said the details will be announced after Nedlac meets again in October.

Speaking to around 400 people from the back of a bakkie, Zille said young unemployed South Africans cannot afford to wait any longer and warned that time was running out.

The DA says around 423,000 people stand to benefit from the subsidy.

Some of the protesters say they have been unemployed for more than 10 years and believe the rally will get government's attention.

Earlier, DA leaders went around speaking to some of the people.

Officials listened to some of the challenges they encounter when looking for work.

In May, the DA marched to Cosatu House in central Johannesburg calling for the implementation of the subsidy.

The opposition party accused the federation of blocking attempts at implementing the project.

The wage subsidy was first introduced by President Jacob Zuma in 2010.