The Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson Mmusi Maimane says unemployment remains a major challenge for young people today. He says access to education is also still an issue. “It is time that young people stand up again and say we demand our government to be able to stand against the issues.” He says he hopes that as agreed by Minister Ibrahim Patel that the youth wage subsidy will be implemented. “Ultimately June 16, is not a symbolic holiday, or June is not a significant public holiday for the youth, it is actually remembering the rights of young people. And lets make sure we fight hard for this generation, this country must reflect the future. We wish all the young people a happy month,” says Mmusi. Recently the DA– the ruling party’s main opposition took to the streets to demand a wage youth subsidy for the unemployed youth of the country. It says the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Organisation for Economic Development and the African Development Bank have given their joint endorsement of a youth wage subsidy for South Africa.

Recently the DA– the ruling party’s main opposition took to the streets to demand a wage youth subsidy for the unemployed youth of the country.

The youth wage subsidy was identified as a means to fast-track economic growth and job creation in a recent report entitled the African Economic Outlook 2012 report. The DA, which supports the subsidy, says it has also been endorsed by the Black Business Council, Business Unity South Africa, the National Treasury and labour federation Fedusa. The country’s biggest labour movement, Cosatu, opposes the idea. – edited by Khensane Maranele

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