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'Ramaphosa's speech didn't grapple with the unemployment crisis in SA'

8 February 2019 8:04 AM
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Centre for Economic Development and Transformation's Director Duma Gqubule says Ramaphosa weighs in on Sona2019.

President Cyril Ramaphosa made several key pronouncements in his State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday and focused the bulk of his speech on the economy and the creation of jobs.

Founding director at the Centre for Economic Development and Transformation, Duma Gqubule says he was 'very confused' by Ramaphosa's speech.

Read: You watch this space! – President Ramaphosa makes firm commitments at Sona 2019

The speech doesn't say anything about how we are going to get out of the current crises as the economy.

Duma Gqubule, Founding director - Centre for Economic Development and Transformation

He adds that the country has lost a decade of economic development and the number of unemployed South Africans between December 2008 and December 2018 has increased by four million.

Read also: #SONA2019 MPs react to Ramaphosa's address

There are now 10 million unemployed South Africans. The unemployment rate is 42% for black Africans and in the Eastern Cape, it is about 46%.

Duma Gqubule, Founding director - Centre for Economic Development and Transformation

Things got worse during the first year of the Ramaphosa presidency as there was one million increase of unemployed people, three times the number of people that were unemployed in the past nine years.

Duma Gqubule, Founding director - Centre for Economic Development and Transformation

The president's speech did not grapple with the scale of the unemployment crisis in South Africa. I listened to it and I read through it again this morning, there is actually nothing that the president said to address the crisis.

Duma Gqubule, Founding director - Centre for Economic Development and Transformation

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8 February 2019 8:04 AM
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