FS ANC set to tackle unemployment and municipal woes

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The ANC Provincial Executive Committee has resolved to place more focus on unemployment and issues faced by municipalities in the Free State. This is after the rising unemployment rate in the province was highlighted by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s during his visit last month.

During the third quarter of 2018 the Free State and Eastern Cape made up the top two provinces where employment losses were recorded. The unemployment rate in the Free State stood at 36,3%, followed by the Eastern Cape with 35.6%.

“The meeting resolved to dedicate sufficient time and focus on the economy and municipalities following the special NEC meeting report and briefing received from President Ramaphosa’s visit to the province,” said Provincial Secretary Paseka Nompondo.

A presentation on the state of municipalities with a special focus on Auditor General’s report. It noted with concern the grim picture of the state of municipal finances and unemployment trends in the province over 10 years.

“The most worrisome fact is that the Free State province has consistently had the highest unemployment rate according to the latest report issued by Stats SA. In light of this, the PEC resolved to convene a special meeting on the economic situation in the province similar to the approach it took by calling a Provincial Lekgotla on Municipalities through its Legislature and Governance Subcommittee,” said Nompondo.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za