DISCLAIMER: I am a citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and therefore am not eligible to vote in the upcoming Local Government Elections on 3rd August, but that does not mean that I have no interest in the outcome of these elections, especially it’s impact on South African jobseekers.
In two days time South African voters go to the polls in one of the most turbulent moments in the country’s fledgling democracy. Economic instability and political scandal plague the incumbent ANC government, and these municipal elections may serve as a barometer as to how public opinion has swung away from the party who ushered in the era of democracy in South Africa. But what will be the impact of the result of these local government elections on the large percentage of the population who are still unemployed?
All of the major parties have made promises regarding job creation in their election manifestos, but which of these promises are most plausible to voters and jobseekers looking for hope in uncertain economic conditions?
The DA, ANC and EFF have differing solutions to the problem of unemployment so we will examine them one by one before asking the community who they feel has the solution:
Q1. Do we need to invest in integrated energy, transport and ICT infrastructure for job creation?
Q2. Will ensuring that the Expanded Public Works Programme takes advantage of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant create labour absorbing activities and work opportunities?
Q3. Or should the primary focus of municipalities be the direct employment of disadvantaged individuals to create jobs rather than outsourcing?
Q4. Who will you be voting for on 3rd August as a jobseeker and why?
Remember to tweet your answers using A1, A2, etc. and the hashtag #JobAdviceSA or directly to @JobAdviceSA
Look forward to tweeting with you and remember to vote on 3rd August!