ANC to create 2.5 million jobs

ANC to create 2.5 million jobs

As part of his campaign trail, the Secretary General (SG) of the ANC Fikile Mbalula held a mass community meeting in Botshabelo on Monday, 20 May 2024, where he told the masses that the governing party will create 2.5 million jobs.

Mbalula was in his hometown and speaking to his own people. The SG pointed out that the ANC still has plans to improve the lives of the people in Botshabelo and the rest of South Africa. Botshabelo has been notorious for gangsterism, violent crimes and a huge unemployment rate with minimal economic activity.

According to Mbalula; Botshabelo used to be a hive of economic activity prior to democracy; when the ANC took over the reins, the Chinese left the firms and migrated to Lesotho; this led to the shutting down of a lot of firms and losses of jobs.

“When we took over government, the Chinese from Taiwan ran into Lesotho because they did not want to pay a living wage to our people. But we are going to open these firms so that people can work, we are going to create a lot of jobs,” said Fikile Mbalula.

The SG said the ANC will work on bringing jobs closer to the people as most of them work in Bloemfontein, and equally so, many people are not working and depend on social grants. He said R350 grant will be increased and will be called a basic income grant.

“We have prioritised job creation, we are going to create 2.5 million jobs; so that people like here in Botshabelo and elsewhere can have jobs and work. The employment of people should not be limited to the age of 35 years, if a person can work, let them work,” said Mbalula.

Mbalula further said the experience requirement for getting a job should come to an end; people should get experience while working.

“We are going to build industries in South Africa, produce goods and process them into finished products and then export them from these firms; these firms must be revived;” he said.

The ANC SG pointed out that the Free State Provincial Government led by Premier Mxolisi Dukwana is currently training 35 000 young people to ready them for the labour market in diverse industries.

He said to prevent the prevalent teenage pregnancy, the youth will be taking to the military to be trained and equip them so that they can get jobs; they are not joining the Defence Force, but will receive training. To give them hope even if they do not have matric, they will receive training.


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