Ramaphosa on economic recovery plan and unemployment
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced plans for the reconstruction and recovery plan of the economy and country post Covid-19.
Ramaphosa addressed a joint sitting of parliament and presented an employment stimulus package that would help in curbing the employment rate caused by Covid-19.
The aim of the stimulus is to create and support over 800,000 work opportunities for South Africans.
“We are determined to create more employment opportunities for those who were unemployed before the pandemic or who had given up looking for work,” said the President.
Although he sounded promising, Ethel Mhlongo who is currently unemployed felt there was not anything new in the plan to eradicate unemployment that the president said.
“How will they create employment? What kind of jobs will they create? My biggest issue in South Africa is that only a handful of people especially those who have university degrees are not gainfully employed.
Many, myself included with a degree from a renowned institution have had to settle for measly jobs just to get by, more often than not the government will place qualified people in subpar jobs which is a real problem in South Africa. Most people are “under employed”, how will the government curb this growing phenomenon in South Africa.
I do not want to work for the government unless I’m coming on board as a consultant offering my expertise, for now I will just try establish and grow my business,” Mhlongo said.
Kgalalelo Mathibe said getting employed is more than getting paid.
“It means being able to make my own choices about how I want to live. I want to be able to provide for myself and my daughter. I want to be productive, valued, develop new skills and also transfer learned skills into employment,” said Mathibe.