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The DA says over 2.6-million Gauteng residents are unemployed

VAAL TRIANGLE - The DA in Gauteng says residents who are in desperate need of jobs cannot rely on the provincial government under premier Panyaza Lesufi, to ensure that work opportunities are created. Gauteng currently has 582,000 discouraged jobseekers, while unemployment currently stands at over 2.6-million. The DA’s, Dorianne Arendse, says the current load-shedding crisis has further impacted this, as many businesses cannot afford to procure generators and solar panels to continue operating during power cuts.

Meanwhile, the Good Party says the stubbornly high unemployment figures are a stark reminder that millions of South Africans will remain trapped in poverty for years to come. The country’s unemployment rate increased to 32.9% in the first three months of this year. The Good Party’s, Brett Herron, says the country needs an economy that can generate jobs, but in the meantime it needs a complete overhaul of its social security system, starting with the introduction of measures such as a basic income grant.


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