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Zuma: Education investment is key

Zuma was speaking at the Presidential Indaba in Boksburg on youth jobs and skills on Sunday.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma attended the Presidential Indaba on youth jobs and skills in Boksburg on Sunday 2 March 2014. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says South Africa can only achieve economic emancipation by investing in education and youth development programs.

Zuma was speaking at the Presidential Indaba on youth jobs and skills in Boksburg on Sunday afternoon.

He told hundreds of young people gathered at the Indaba that the country has a great future ahead.

"All the work covered here has demonstrated a country at work for a better life, a country that is forging ahead steadily towards prosperity."

Zuma says the government has already started programs to empower youth development.

"Youth empowerment grew strongly. In fact, the Indaba heard on Friday that 420,000 new jobs have been created."

Zuma says youth employment has grown strongly since the adoption of the employment accord.

He says the Gauteng province accounted for about half of the new jobs that have been created.

"Gauteng has also spent about R120 million in youth enterprises. We congratulate Gauteng in investing in our youth in this progressive manor."