Unemployment has been one of the hot topics in South Africa with the growing numbers of youth and women struggling to find their feet in the plummeting economy. The overall percentage of unemployment increased from 21.5% to almost 28% from 2008 to 2018.
With an overall poverty count of approximately 56.8% of South Africans between 2008 to 2009, it is no surprise why our country is in the state it is currently. More than half of the country is actively looking for jobs but are unsuccessful. All this while corruption in South Africa increased with tenders being wrongfully assigned to people as a direct result of nepotism and illegal bribes.
The poverty gap between the lowest and highest percentile of earners is a staggering 27.9%. A large amount of people are still living in less desirable living conditions struggling to make a living as still not seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.
As more people make their way to the big cities to find work, the living conditions and level of poverty in the provinces feeding the big cities deteriorates. The population level in major provinces such as Gauteng and the Western Cape is ever-increasing due to more jobs being created in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town to name a few. What happens to the provinces now that are suffering the loss of its skilled workers due to unemployment?
In 2018 the majority of the unemployed were found to be men with 51.4% of men being unemployed including both short-term and longer-term job-seekers.
Women and youth have been found to be hit the hardest by the growing long-term unemployment statistics as reported by Statistics South Africa in a statement released on 30 October 2018. According to this statement the long-term unemployment rate was approximately 4.3 million South Africans in 2018 as opposed to the 2.6 million just ten years before. The total number of unemployed individuals who were found to actively search for jobs without success for any amount of time is an estimated 6.2 million South Africans.The majority of the long-term unemployed South Africans were women and youth – an alarming fact that has steadily increased since 2008 as per the statement released. This directly contributes to the increased rates of poverty in South African households whom are struggling to make ends meet.
Poverty on its own is the major contributing factor to the decline in the South African economy. Our people are struggling to find jobs thereby going to bed hungry, being malnourished having to feed on bread and rice and not getting all the nutrients they need to stay healthy.
A direct result of poverty is poor health and with the state of health care offered to members of the public, with people often waking up at the crack of dawn to traveling hundreds of kilometers to the nearest health care facility, it is no surprise that our people are reverting to gangsterism, prostitution and other elements of crime.
The increased crime statistics in turn affects the safety of our country with more women and children, the ones struggling to find jobs, being preyed on and becoming victims of rape, gang violence and abuse.
As you can see, the effects of unemployment reached much further than just the stress of putting food on the table. It is a spiraling system that South Africa has been struggling with for many years and the ANC has still not been able to fix.
As the Compatriots of South Africa it is our mission to create an environment where the socioeconomic conditions in South Africa is conducive to the growth and development of our people. We plan on doing this by creating jobs, advocating for better health care for the underprivileged, standing together with organizations fighting gender based violence and fight for everyone to have equal opportunity to the best education institutions regardless of their ethnic background or financial circumstances.
We do admit that at present because we are still young in politics, the impact that we are making right now is minuscule in light of the numbers and statistics in South Africa. However, our immediate plan to eradicate poverty and unemployment is to contest for elections in 2019 in the Eastern, Western and Northern Cape provinces in South Africa to fight for the rights of the forgotten people.
On a weekly basis we are running campaigns and workshop across these provinces telling people about our organization, where we come from and where we are planning on going. The plan is simple – get enough support from the public to make our way into parliament where we have a bigger chance of advocating for the health and rights of our people.
It is our belief that when we have a constituency in the parliament, that we have a vote on the inside thereby directly making a difference in the way parliament decisions and laws are being executed. With our ear on the ground, we will still listen and hear the complaints and requests from our members and with our foot in the door, we will be able to be the mouth pieces of the forgotten people.
Many people complain about the way the country is being run and the decisions the ANC make. We agree with you that we do not really see anything happening in our lives. What did the ANC and DA really do for us?
The Compatriots of South Africa (CSA) requires you to believe in us and our mission. Complaining about your circumstances will remain angry moans unless you decide to do something yourself. Make your mark on a ballot paper and make sure it is for CSA.
The more people vote for us, the more seats we get in parliament. With more seats we have more votes in parliament and it strengthens our influence.
As CSA we promise to always listen to the cry of our people. We are however not able to do anything unless you support us by voting for us.
We need you to vote and request that you vote for us, the Compatriots of South Africa. We believe that it is our obligation to restore the dignity of our people and we will do exactly that.
Stand with us in our campaign and vote Compatriots of South Africa.
For more information on our campaign and outreaches, please visit our Facebook page by clicking HERE. Also, if you want to volunteer or donate into our mission, please contact our Campaign Manager, Mrs Yolande Le Roux, on her cell phone: 065 831 6677 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org