ANC killing any hopes of creating jobs in NMB - Trollip

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 25, 2016

Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip has again lashed at the African National Congress (ANC) in Nelson Mandela Bay, for what he described as “destroying the hopes and dreams of those seeking jobs”.

Addressing councillors and journalists at the Department of Labour’s main office in Port Elizabeth on Monday, Trollip said the ruling party has continued remaining oblivious to the ongoing rise in unemployment like it does on a national level, adding is comes as no surprise that many people have been forced to apply for UIF in order to make ends meet.

“The insider-outsider economy in this Metro is being worsened by an Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) that only benefits a politically-connected few,” Trollip said.

“Fairness in EPWP is exactly what the DA has delivered where we govern already, by allocating EPWP jobs through a lottery system that gives no favours or preferences to cronies. We want to bring the same fairness to EPWP in Nelson Mandela Bay”.

He stated that the party would introduce a number of skills development initiatives if elected in this year’s local government elections, with the aim of reducing unemployment from its “current 50%”.

“Wth the DA in local government, skills development and facilitating access to opportunities for people seeking employment will be an important feature of this new government. And it can come with the tried and tested history of delivering the best opportunity-creation record in government to date,” he said.

“Opportunity centres will be established, as one-stop-shops, to provide information on investment opportunities, licensing, land use, planning approval procedures, investor information and business start-up advice”.