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Patel, Manuel address Cosatu congress

Ministers Trevor Manuel and Ebrahim Patel suggest ways of tackling unemployment and education in SA.

Delegates at the 11th National Congress of COSATU at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on 17 September 2012. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel told Cosatu's national congress that the state cannot create jobs forever.

He said while government has created jobs, this is not a long-term fix.

Patel said structural changes were needed to create the sustainable and secure jobs needed in South Africa.

Planning Minister Trevor Manuel concentrated on education during his address to the delegates at the congress.

He said people cannot outsource their responsibilities to their leaders.

"If there is something wrong in education and we get results out of national assessments like we saw last year, as parents, we must mobilise to fix it."

The Cosatu national congress is taking place at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand, north of Johannesburg.

It will run until Thursday.

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