Zuma is working! He understands that sophisticated and well-structured infrastructure is at the heart of actualizing South Africa’s development plans.
Thus, his government as of the end of 2014, spent R1 Trillion to develop SA infrastructures.
The sentiment above was expressed by the Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Planning Monitoring and Evaluation.
Buti Manamela was addressing the audience of the 2016 Youth Infrastructure Development Conference in Durban.
He pointed out that Zuma’s government through infrastructural development, enabled a platform for South Africa’s growth, economic emancipation and job creation.
“We are transforming the economy, directing national growth and driving job creation by implementing a long-term, government-led infrastructure development and investment programme,” he stated.
Manamela argued that developing SA infrastructure is imperative. It is a major priority of the National Development Plan structured to power investments that will better the social and economic status of South Africa.
With that, he promised that government will continue to create opportunities that will boost youth development.
“We expect young people and youth organisations to develop these opportunities and turn them into gold. Young people must not depend on the charity of government. Instead, they must be resources for their country (and work) with government as partners to create opportunities,” Manamela charged.
National Youth Policy Benefits
He also divulged that Zuma’s government has strengthened NYP (National Youth Policy) 2020 to push its youth development agendas forward.
Thereafter he talked about the anticipated benefits of NYP 2020.
“Through the NYP 2020” he said, “we will improve public employment schemes such as the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), Youth Brigades and the Community Works Programmes.
These programmes provide an important social safety net for young people whilst improving their employability, skills development and getting them on the first rung of the empowerment ladder.”
The Deputy Minister added that NYP will engender massive youth entrepreneurship initiatives that will help SA youths become entrepreneurs.