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PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma will have to create one million jobs by December to achieve his target of ensuring that an extra 500000 job opportunities are created by his government this year.
As Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan prepares to deliver his medium-term budget policy statement in Parliament today, political economist Mohau Pheko said the expected R70billion shortfall in tax revenue collection would frustrate the government's target of creating 500000 jobs this year.
"That promise will not happen. For the president to create 500000 jobs he has to first replace the 500000 jobs we lost this year. This means he has to create a million jobs by the end of the year."
The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has announced that it expects its tax collection efforts to be R70billion short in the 2009-10 financial year.
Pheko said the problem caused by the shortfall could result in exa-cerbating service delivery issues.
"Expanded public works programmes which have seen people gaining employment in road maintenance programmes will be hit by the revenue shortfall," Pheko said.
"A lot of people will lose their jobs, especially after the completion of the projects that are linked to the 2010 soccer World Cup and this could give rise to service protests.
"We are already seeing the season of discontent and we expect it to get worse as we get closer to the 2011 local government elections."
Meanwhile, Cope and the DA said yesterday they wanted Gordhan to re-assert his authority as the centre of economic planning in South Africa.
"We would like (Gordhan) to stand up and say 'I am in charge of macroeconomic policy,'" said DA MP Dion George.
With Gordhan to announce his policy statement this afternoon, the DA and Cope said he should stay on the path taken by former finance minister Trevor Manuel.