Is this week's Job Summit inclusive?

A two-day Jobs Summit, dubbed as another attempt by President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift South Africa's economic growth rate, kicks off in Johannesburg on Thursday.

There've been mixed opinions on whether the summit will actually provide solutions to unemployment in South Africa.

READ:Why is Saftu boycotting Ramaphosa's Jobs Summit?

Mpho called into the show to say government has done nothing to alleviate youth unemployment.

We tried to get into the Job Summit, we tried to get our seats there and we were told we only invited business and the NYDA is there to represent the youth.

Mpho, caller

Really the NYDA, what has the NYDA done for the youth? We wanted to be there, we wanted not to be referred to as a statistic, we wanted to be there to engage in conversation so that they see that these are the unemployed and not being referred to as a statistic.

Mpho, caller

Ralph called in to say he has a relatively small business employing approximately 40 people - he says the message often touted by the government that small businesses create the most jobs is true.

And that is absolutely a true statement because if one of the big companies want to double its turnover, it takes on another ten people and the rest of it is machinery.

Ralph, caller

And every single time that there is a job meeting, there is Nedlac, are there any small businesses at this thing to say this is our problem or are we continuing to being other not heard?

Ralph, caller

This is parallel to the fact that, the young people who are the majority of the unemployed have also not being asked to come to these things either.

Ralph, caller

He says the summit seems to just be a political talk shop and nothing else will come from it.

Listen below to the full interview:


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