Every year on 25 May we celebrate the signing of the OAU’s (Organisation of African Unity) founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1963. It is a day on which African unity in fighting challenges such as poverty, war and disease is celebrated amongst all Africans across the globe.
On this day South Africans must also reflect on their role in Africa and realise that they are not removed from or immune to the problems that beset the continent.
Poverty and unemployment have brought Africa to its knees and under the ANC government these are also the biggest problems facing South Africans.
Nowhere in our beautiful country is the impact of poverty and unemployment clearer to see than in the Eastern Cape.
Creating jobs is of utmost importance and in this the ANC has failed miserably.
According to Statistics South Africa’s quarterly labour force survey, released earlier this month, the Eastern Cape remains the province with the highest unemployment rate in the country. It increased from 35,1% to 35,6% in the fourth quarter of 2017 (October to December).
This means that an additional 17 000 people are now unemployed, the total rising to 771 000 in our province, according to the official statistics
The DA can provide the Eastern Cape with Change and a new agenda, promoting an environment that advances job creation, economic growth and the eradication of poverty.
A South Africa built on the pillars of freedom, fairness, opportunity and diversity can, under a DA government, be a beacon of hope in Africa.
DA Eastern Cape Provincial Leader
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