The Democratic Alliance in the Free State said provincial government should adopt a ‘Free State First’ policy.
DA’s Roy Jankielsohn said it should be done to assist provincial companies to become successful and profitable so that more jobs can be created. Jankielsohn’s statement came after Free State’s unemployment rate went up from 34.7 percent to 35 percent from the Stats SA.
“It would boost our province in terms of delivery of goods and services to government. Many of the goods and service providers to the provincial government come from outside the province and this as a matter of fact, creates jobs in other provinces and not in the Free State,” he said.
Jankielsohn added that the current provincial economic outlook is a concern.
“We have many skilled people in the Free State and we also have many educational institutions in the province where people can be trained and acquire skills. So, there is no need or reason to use service providers from other provinces. Premier Ace Magashule should have no excuse that there aren’t enough skilled people in the province. We should have graduates who will be able to deliver the goods and services that the provincial government requires,” said Jankielsohn.