“The Greatest Hope Of Finding A Job Is Where The DA Governs” – How True Is That?


It is already certain that job creation is a major agenda of the Democratic Alliance party. The job agenda is topping the DA’s promise list. They have informed us that 774 persons are rendered jobless every single day Zuma is president, and even mounted a billboard to remind us how miserable the job problem is.

The Job creation campaign is undoubtedly a remarkable feat performed chiefly to attract voters attention. The jobs in the country are clearly not enough. However, is it for real that the greatest hope of finding a job in South Africa is where the DA governs? 

Yes that’s a strong statement, and were the words of the DA Leader Mmusi Maimane during a visit to a City of Cape Town Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) project in Kensington, Cape Town. Maimane was joined by Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, and Cape Town Mayor, Patricia De Lille when he voiced that South Africa is witnessing another success story here in the DA governed City of Cape Town.

A success story that has resulted in close on 160 000 people obtaining job opportunities across this city, and in doing so taking a significant step towards a better life for themselves and their families.

As DA leader, I am extremely proud of the fact that the DA-run City of Cape Town has implemented the National Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) the most successfully of any city in the country. That’s not us saying it. According to the national government, no other government in the country implements the programme as successfully as we do. That’s the DA difference!

As part of our commitment to creating opportunity for all, the City of Cape Town has created almost 159 097 EPWP work opportunities since 2011, with R 555 million being in direct wages to EPWP workers. That is 159 097 more South Africans with an opportunity to work, invaluable work experience, and a way in which to provide for themselves and their families.

It is quite remarkable that in every year since 2011, the City of Cape Town has exceeded its annual target for the creation of job opportunities…the EPWP programme shows that it is a meaningful contributor to current household incomes of unemployed people, and especially the youth, women and people with disabilities.

Success like this doesn’t happen by chance – but by change. The reason for the overwhelming success of EPWP in the City of Cape Town is that the system is fair and corruption free.

I have heard many examples of South Africans desperate for a job, having to produce ANC membership cards to ANC councillors in ANC run municipalities in order to even be considered for an EPWP job opportunity. The ANC’s “jobs for pals” is evident at every level of government and cannot be tolerated.

In the City of Cape Town, unemployed persons interested in job opportunities can register at their local sub council, and will then be added onto the City’s Jobseekers Database. Workers are recruited from the database on a random basis and are notified via telephone of a possible opportunity to be employed.

As such, job opportunities are allocated in a fair manner, the DA leader said and proclaimed; “where the DA governs, that is where corruption free job opportunities are found.”

Mmusi stated that the present year offers every South African the opportunity to vote for change that brings about successful and fairly allocated job opportunities for those who need them the most. “Every South African has an opportunity to vote for change that brings about a strong, growing economy which will create real jobs for unemployed South Africans…the change that South Africa needs starts at the ballot box, and that can only happen when you vote DA,” he said.

And ultimately called on the people to work with the DA so as to “bring positive change, jobs and a strong economy to South Africa.”

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