Dineo Huma | Features Writer
“A new hope for young citizens of our country,” a big political cliché #ugh. This is because delivering to the ‘promise’ seems, somewhat, impossible.
The so-called youth wage subsidy policy is a flippant good idea. It means a huge number of young people will be drawn off the streets and their aimless mischief to the productive work environment.
Mathematically, the subsidy is going to work to the country’s advantage: a rise in our country’s economy and a discernible decrease in crime, unemployment and poverty. This will be a breakthrough, if you think about it.
One wonders why Cosatu, an ANC alliance partner, is so counter-argumentative, giving slightly reasonable arguments to DA’s reasons, as to why the policy should not be implemented.
A number of countries have used the policy and have been reasonably successful. On recent reports, Zwelinzima Vavi of Cosatu, gave a spoonful reason to the union’s arguments saying that the policy is a waste of money and time and that it has been successful in countries with a moderate rate of unemployment.
Okay, we get it Mr. Vavi, but isn’t it worth a try? Which other ‘better’ and ‘brilliant’ way can our sky-high unemployment be addressed?
I believe the youth wage subsidy will make a visible difference. Public money will be used for a good cause, unlike the billions which are lost to corruption.
DA Youth Leader, Makashule Gana believes, “Cosatu is trying to look at the interest of their members, but they’re not looking at the bigger benefit,” at the expense of 420 000 unemployed youth who could benefit.
This is selfish and quite amateurish by Cosatu. Which employer will retrench a highly experienced and qualified worker for someone who has just been trained?
I am pro-development and this policy is fully dressed in it, powdered in change and jewelled with empowerment.
Improving a nation’s welfare doesn’t happen in a vacuum. If the government thinks the country will be better when it is not taking calculated risks and good investments such as this one then tough luck for us, as the unemployed youth.
Business Unity SA (Busa) has strongly appealed to the government to implement the proposed youth wage subsidy, which it believes has the potential to create over 400000 jobs, mostly in the Small and Medium Enterprises, who are on growth trajectory but with little space to manoeuvre.
Over 400 000 jobs? This is exactly what the country needs right now. Many socio-economic problems which the country is facing, could be solved by this Youth Wage thingie. It is a big damage control – a master reset!
The ‘catfight’ between the COSATU and DA should just come to an end. Let us prioritize the best for our country – which are youth jobs, not political points!