“NMB unemployment reaching tragic levels” - Trollip

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 10, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay has taken aim at the Metro following the release of the first quarter unemployment figures on Monday.

According to the findings by Statistics South Africa, unemployment on a national basis increased by 2.2% to 26.7% compared to the same time last year, with the country’s absorption rate standing at 43.0% and labour participation at 58.7%.

Provincially, unemployment between the final quarter of 2015 and first quarter of 2016 jumped 4.2 percentage point in the Eastern Cape followed by North West (+4.1), the Free State (+3.1) and Gauteng (+3.1), while the Nelson Mandela Metro came in second on a metropolitan scale with 33.2% behind Ekurhuleni (34.4%), and ahead of the City of Johannesburg (29.8%), Mangaung (28.3%), City of Tshwane (26.0%) and Buffalo City (24.1%).

“It is an indictment on the tenure of ANC Mayor, Danny Jordaan, that now one in every three people is unable to find work in the Bay, with 33.2% unemployment,” DA provincial leader and mayoral candidate Athol Trollip said in a statement.

“More people in Nelson Mandela Bay are without jobs and without hope than before Jordaan was parachuted into the Metro by the ANC. Through the creation of a fair and comprehensive Expanded Public Works Programme, thousands more people will be able to access employment opportunities”.