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ANCYL opposes Youth Wage Subsidy

The ANCYL believes the Youth Wage Subsidy is not the solution to youth unemployment.

DA protests for the Youth Wage Subsidy. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Progressive Youth Alliance on Tuesday rejected the idea of a Youth Wage Subsidy, saying the money could be better spent.

On Monday, the ANC announced it would go ahead with a programme which would pay incentives to companies who employ young people and students, so that their formal studies are complemented with practical work.

The alliance, which consists of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), Young Communist League (YCL), Congress of South African Students (Cosas) and South African Students Congress (Sasco), said it was confident the ANC will throw this discredited idea out the back door.

The ANCYL's Kenetswe Mosenogi said the Youth Wage Subsidy will not address the issue of youth unemployment.

"The basic challenge is education and skills development."

She said government should rather focus their attention elsewhere.

"Creation of new industries inculcates the culture of entrepreneurship and ensures that young people are innovative. They can then create enterprises for themselves and employ other young people."

The Democratic Alliance (DA) supports the Youth Wage Subsidy.

The opposition party believes the subsidy could have benefitted 200,000 young people and created 80,000 new jobs, had it been implemented in April 2012.

Meanwhile, members of the Progressive Youth Alliance appear to be split on whether education should be declared an essential service.

This follows the ANC's announcement that it wants education to be declared an essential service.

The YCL and Cosas believe educators should be allowed to strike.