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ANC GP promises more opportunities for young people

Chairperson Paul Mashatile said the youth will be prioritised and admitted there are some challenges.

ANC President Jacob Zuma and Gauteng ANC chair Paul Mashatile wave at the crowd of thousands of party supporters during their Gauteng Manifesto launch at the FNB stadium in Soweto on 4 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Paul Mashatile has promised more opportunities for young people in honour of the 40th anniversary of the 16 June Soweto Uprising.

Mashatile addressed supporters yesterday at the party's provincial manifesto launch at the FNB Stadium.

He was joined by President Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa and Premier David Makhura.

Thousands of supporters attended the ANC's provincial manifesto launch, all for different reasons.

Unemployed graduate Hector Mbatha said he went to listen to plans for the youth.

"I'm just here to hear about jobs for young people in terms of the ANC Gauteng manifesto launch as a young graduate because I graduated in 2014."

Mashatile said the youth will be prioritised and admitted there are some challenges.

"We've done a lot for our people but we know we need to do much more."

Mashatile urged young people to make use of government programs that seek to address unemployment.

Meanwhile, Zuma said the ANC will work with black professionals and the business community towards transforming and de-racialising the economy.

Zuma delivered his address yesterday, saying the ANC is the only organisation to move the country forward.

He was greeted by loud cheers as he entered the stadium. He began his speech by reminding members that Gauteng was the heart of the ANC.

"That the ANC is the only organisation with historic mission to change this country."

He highlighted the confidence shown by the rating agencies throughout his speech.

"The positive response of rating agencies indicates that they realise that we're a nation at work."

Watch: President Jacob Zuma: Gauteng Economy must be deracialised

MIXED REACTION FROM PARTY MEMBERS

The manifesto has been met with mixed reaction, with some throwing their weight behind the party and others calling for other issues to be placed higher on the agenda.

The party says it was happy with the turnout, saying more than 80,000 people attended the launch.

But one vendor said it was not a good day for business for him.

"People haven't bought as much. I mean usually by 2 o'clock I'd have like R1,000 and today it hasn't been like other days."

One woman also said she wanted the housing issues to be placed higher on the ANC's list of priorities.

"If they can build houses and monitor those RDP houses for the people of South Africa."

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