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Govt's bid to get youth working

By Anna Majavu | Mar 05, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

SOUTH Africa's "job creation" minister, Ebrahim Patel, says no recession will stop the government from creating enough jobs to get young people working.

Patel said the government would make a good start with its plans to create 500000 jobs before the end of the year in line with promises made by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address.

"We are looking at temporary jobs for young people where you build a service in a community, not just for one week, but for many, many months," Patel said.

DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip said the government's plans to create jobs in public works programmes are "artificial".

But ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe said "there can be nothing happening in Western Cape that is out of step with the national plan. If there is an attempt to do so there will be a collision."


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