NFP fully supports youth wage subsidy
May 29 2012 9:59AM

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Chris Makhaye

The newly elected National Freedom Party’s KZN youth leadership says it is fully behind the youth wage subsidy and has called on the government to implement it as soon as possible.

The subsidy has been the source of much contestation in the recent past, with the DA being at loggerheads with Cosatu.

The government has set aside R10bn for a fund in which companies who employ first-time job seekers can apply for compensation to support wages for the youth.

Njabulo Mlaba, who heads a seven-member top provincial leadership that was elected in the NFP Youth Movement’s provincial conference in Ladysmith at the weekend, said they thought the youth wage subsidy was a very good idea.

“We urge the government to start implementing this programme because we believe it will be able to hwlp eliminate poverty and create employment among the youth,” said Mlaba.

“From where we stand at the moment we support the proposal. The delegates at our conference felt that this was one of the initiatives that could help unlock the potential of the youth in this country and help them play a critical role in South Africa’s economy,” he said.

Mlaba said they had been mandated to build the NFP Youth Movement and helpeyoung people to understand the NFP’s political programmes so that they could join the party. “We also want to fight indiscipline in the party. We don’t want to have a situation like we see in other parties where youth leaders openly defy party leaders,” he said.

The NFP Youth Movement has been plagued by instability of its own as former youth leader and erstwhile party spokesperson Andile Biyela abruptly announced before the weekend conference that he was quitting politics. Biyela was arrested earlier for allegedly bringing weapons to an NFP conference.

chrism@thenewage.co.za

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