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Stop making babies and focus on making money, Mabuza tells youth

By Mandla Khoza | 2017-09-15 11:02:27.0

Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza has called on young people and women in his province to stop making babies and exploit the R800-million business funding opportunity he signed with Standard Bank yesterday.

Mabuza was speaking at the launch of the Mpumalanga Enterprise Development Fund when he told young people to "stop getting many children" but to go and do business in order to alleviate poverty.

Mabuza said the funding comprises R300-million dedicated to small businesses, focusing on construction and R500-million for agriculture.

"Take the first step of this journey; as long as I'm in charge of the province I promise to go with you and support you.

"Youth stand up, stop making babies, make South Africa a working country and let's move away from social grants."

Mabuza even suggested that South Africa needed to come close to determining how many babies a person should have.

"Other countries are doing it, telling you that if you go to [the] bedroom as two you must not come out being three the next morning,"

He said as the government they had visited people and found that there were people who needed houses but in the house they had 10 children.

"We can help with four bedrooms, but more than four that's a mass meeting.

"Looking at the figures released about the province, it's gloom. Unemployment is high with very little education.

"We are trying to do away with poverty as government ...

"We are saying as government we are now buying school nutrition from our small businesses, mostly cooperatives, and we want to also buy bricks to build houses from you," said Mabuza.

Mabuza, who is provincial chairman of the ANC, said the fact that people voted for the ANC must not be a debt but they must use opportunities.

Head of retail and business at Standard Bank Tim Whati said: "Although this is business based, we are coming with support to business value and doing responsible lending.

"We are happy for this venture because we are going to be working mostly with rural communities who will need to know business and, at the end, they will know how business is done," Whati said.