Limpopo aims to halve unemployment
Development Plan targeted at halving unemployment by 2014 – by promoting its
mining, agriculture and tourism industries.
translates into job creation.
According to StatsSA, the province’s unemployment
rate 26.9% (first quarter, 2010).
said that Limpopo had a 3.1-million strong labour force of which two thirds were
between the ages of 15 and 34.
Adding that it was vital that the economy created
jobs for the youth, as not doing this would sow the seeds for potential
stated that although the province’s economic strategy had delivered growth, it
had not created many jobs.
long we have measured growth through narrow measurements such as GDP growth and
the level of inflation, but we need to look more broadly at issues such as the
level of social development.”
Development strategy was unable to deliver because it did not place emphasis on
employment: “The previous Provincial Growth and Development Strategy made
insufficient efforts to place the provincial economy on a sustainable
developmental path capable of delivering decent work and sustainable livelihoods
on a scale that will enable the province to achieve the target of halving
unemployment by 2014.
imbalances and micro-economic constraints that impede the economy from
developing to its full potential or full productive capacity.”
province will establish industrial development nodes around the Lephalale area,
where the Medupi power station is being built, due to start functioning by
including schools, housing and hospitals, bulk infrastructure projects, and
electricity and communications infrastructure.
and engineering activities, while focusing on promoting industries that are more
labour intensive to reduce the unemployment rate.
green economy and the creation of green jobs: “Even though the Medupi power
station will be coal-fired, the province is aiming to fast track investments in
renewable energy and makes Polokwane a green city.”
play a critical role in ensuring the full implementation of the plan.
Alliance fully supported these aims and objectives but cautioned that they
should be backed by concrete and tangible strategies: “The statistics released
recently by StatsSA dashed hopes of employment prospects in our province.
quarter of 2010 (January-March).
The national drop rate stood at 1.3% or 171 000
jobs were shed.
Limpopo accounted for a staggering 51 000 jobs between the last
quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010.
This plan must be cogent on how
it is going to reverse this trend.”
industrial base and movement towards services and light manufacturing
beneficiation and downstream industries – development of a specific mining
competitive skills programme
provincial construction industry through localisation of procurement
development in under-developed regions
master plans for water, sewers, sanitation, electricity, housing, schools and
energy and a zero-waste municipal plan
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