Deputy President to give progress report in Parly

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Deputy President and leader of government business, David Mabuza, will this afternoon update Parliament, on government’s efforts to build the township economy to enhance economic growth.

“During this 4th session of oral questions posed by Members of Parliament to Deputy President Mabuza, an update on strategies to build the township economy as a vehicle for economic growth and efforts to eradicate poverty will also feature prominently,” said the Presidency.

This, as the Deputy President David Mabuza is set to answer a variety of questions for oral reply from Members of Parliament in the National Assembly.

Answering questions is one way in which Parliament holds the executive to account.

As chair of the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) of South Africa, the Deputy President will also update Parliament on various initiatives adopted by government in dealing with the challenge of unemployment.

The HRDC, is a multitier stakeholder forum with various constituencies working together to address the skills deficits of the country.

The council hosted a successful summit in May this year, which gave rise to the revised Human Resource Development Strategy towards 2030.

In this afternoon’s sitting, the Deputy President is set to expand on the strategy and give progress update on planning for the forthcoming Job and Investment Summits, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the State of the Nation Address in February this year.

In addition to the summits, the President called for lifestyle audits for public representatives.  

Member of Parliament Deidre Carter will follow up on the status of the government’s decision to introduce these lifestyle audits, and whether the audits are being undertaken by an independent body with no relation to the government, while the UDM’s Mncedisi Lutando Filtane will ask the Deputy President about government’s plans to reduce the rising unemployment rate that currently stands at 36.7% of which 52% is youth unemployment.

In line with centennial celebrations of both former President Nelson Mandela and liberation struggle stalwart Mama Albertina Sisulu, the Deputy President will also touch on government’s plans for social cohesion and nation building. –