Youth wage subsidy draft law considered

Parliament is expected to hold public hearings on the youth wage subsidy draft law.

Parliament is expected to hold public hearings on the Youth Wage Subsidy draft law. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Parliament is expected to hold public hearings on a draft law, which is intended to give effect to the youth wage subsidy.

The policy, announced by President Jacob Zuma in 2010, was met with fierce opposition from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and then referred to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to be reviewed.

In the meantime, Cabinet has approved the Employment Tax Incentive Bill, which aims to create conditions conducive to bringing young job-seekers into the economy.

Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament, Tim Harris, is worried the bill will face obstacles in Parliament.

"We support the legislation to make it a reality, but our concern is that the minister is not going to succeed given these obstacles. It goes way beyond Nedlac. Nedlac is one of the obstacles. They haven't finished considering the bill."