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Witzenberg Municipality blames high unemployment rate on seasonal economy

Political parties in the area say the lack of job opportunities is a matter of grave concern.

FILE: The seasonality of farming sector jobs sees residents idle for half the year. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Witzenberg Municipality says the high unemployment rate in the area is largely due to its seasonal economy.

The three biggest political parties in the area, the African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance and Witzenberg Aksie, said that the lack of job opportunities, especially among the youth, was a matter of grave concern.

The seasonality of farming sector jobs sees residents idle for half the year.

ANC mayoral candidate Joyce Phungula said that this created a so-called six-month economy.

"They only work for six months and now they had to sit at home for six months because it is seasonal-based. So very few people are permanently employed."

A resident from the Nduli informal settlement said the season economy was exactly what inspired her to start a soup kitchen.

Mayor Bernita Klaassen sais they were looking at tourism and other projects, boosted by outside investors, to fill the gap in creating a 12-month economy for the municipality.