Focus on Africa: Ramaphosa between a rock and a hard place

- | 5 months ago

“People had expected the president to announce concrete plans to roll back youth unemployment running at a rate of up to 55 percent”, observes Thabo Mokone, parliamentary editor for the Johannesburg-based Sunday Times.

“We have a new plan called 'Dreams'” fired back a furious Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, in comments published by the Johannesburg Star. According to Malema the two million youth jobs promised by Ramaphosa fall short of the 11 million earmark for 2030 in the country's National Development Plan.

Ramaphosa's failure to set budget benchmarks for his health care big bang and the lack of details about how he hopes to provide well-located houses and land for the poor is intriguing.

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