Zuma expected to focus on youth unemployment

A political analyst says the State of the Nation Address will focus on youth unemployment.

President Zuma expected to announce a way forward regarding the Youth Wage Subsidy.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma is expected to elaborate on plans to deal with youth unemployment during his fourth State of the Nation Address, a political analyst said on Thursday.

There have been calls for a Youth Wage Subsidy to be introduced to help ease high levels of unemployment.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is opposing the subsidy, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) supports the initiative.

The trade union federation believes the subsidy would be "extremely costly and wasteful, with massive deadweight losses."

Analyst Judith February says it is crucial that Zuma addresses the matter.

"I think we'll see an announcement around employment for young people, which will take into consideration Cosatu's concerns."

Zuma is also expected to discuss gender-based violence.

This follows the gang-rape and murder of Anene Booysen in Bredasdorp.

Meanwhile, the Cape Town Traffic Department has urged motorists in the central business district to familiarise themselves with road closures this evening.

Traffic spokesperson Maxine Jordaan says roads will be closed from 4pm until 7pm.

"City bound traffic on the N2 will not be able to use the Nelson Mandela Boulevard or De Waal Drive from between 6-7pm. They can use alternative routes, which include the N1 via Vanguard Drive or the M5."