South African Communist Party‘s (SACP) First Deputy Secretary Solly Mapaila has called on communities to come up with initiatives aimed at creating job opportunities.

He visited Vosman in Emalahleni in Mpumalanga as part of the SACP’s, “know your neighborhood” campaign.

Mapaila conducted a door to door campaign and interacted with residents. The residents raised service delivery concerns that include a lack of job opportunities, poor road infrastructure and electricity and water shortages.

Mapaila says he is confident that the African National Congress (ANC) will win the majority of votes in the area in next month’s general elections.

“Unemployment as you know features prominently in our campaign and in our programmes. Both government initiatives and foreign direct investment initiatives will complement our efforts to try and address the unemployment question. At the same time we are calling on our communities to come together and confront this question, what they can do themselves rather than wait for government and private sector to create jobs. As the communities what are the initiatives that we can take and resolve (this challenge).”