'WC empowering youth'

Alan Winde says 4,600 young people have been put through skills development programmes.

WC Economic MEC Alan Winde. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Economic Development MEC Alan Winde says they are doing their best to promote economic development in previously disadvantaged areas.

This comes as the country tries to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

On Wednesday, former ANC councillor Andile Lili led a housing protest in the CBD which turned violent when some people started looting stalls.

Lili accused the Democratic Alliance-led government of neglecting the poor.

Winde told 567 CapeTalk that they were trying their best.

"We've got the lowest unemployment rate. We've got the lowest broad to narrow unemployment rate gap of one percent. We have the highest growth in the country, but all of those are still way short."

Winde said their initiatives are paying off.

"In the last four years we've put 4,600 young people through skills intervention programmes. If you go to Harare you will see direct intervention into creating economic space."