ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Malatji has called on the government to provide a monthly stipend of R4,500 to unemployed graduates. This proposal comes at a time when the National Treasury is grappling with financial constraints due to increasing debt.

Malatji made this appeal during the ANCYL’s 79th anniversary celebration held at Kameelrivier Stadium in Mpumalanga. He urged the government to introduce an unemployment grant to support young people while they search for opportunities.

The Proposed Stipend

According to Malatji, the current R350 unemployment grant should be increased to R1,500 until employment issues are resolved. Furthermore, he proposed that unemployed graduates should receive a monthly stipend of R4,500.

Financial Struggles

However, the proposal comes amidst concerns raised by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana about the strain on government finances due to growing debt. To continue with the R350 grant payouts beyond March next year, the government would need to raise VAT or close some state programmes to decrease spending.

Addressing Unemployment

Deputy President Paul Mashatile acknowledged that unemployment primarily affects young people. He encouraged them to become entrepreneurs and not solely rely on employment opportunities. The government has programmes in place to support youth entrepreneurship.

Government Support

Earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated at the party’s election manifesto review that the government had heard the call for increased support. He highlighted that almost 28 million people receive support from the government, including 18 million social grant recipients and 10 million R350 grant beneficiaries.

By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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