South Africa’s economic hub, the Gauteng Province, has suffered 195 000 job losses in the first quarter of 2016, according to MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Lebogang Maile.
Speaking to CNBC Africa at a government dialogue held at the Houghton Golf Club about ‘easing the cost of doing business in Gauteng’, Maile blamed the weak economy for the job losses.
“You know the economy is not doing well generally and they [job losses] have been in the manufacturing and construction sectors especially,” says Maile.
Maile says government is putting together a provincial economic plan which will be announced in June during the Economic Indaba.
“The plan will look at the situation in the country and the key sectors and sub-sectors that needs to be privileged,” says Maile.
The MEC stated how the government has started with open tender procedures where all the processes are open to the public for scrutiny and are chosen on the basis of price and quality.
On the local government elections, which will take place from August 3, Maile is confident the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), will retain all their municipalities. Leading to the elections, Maile confirmed the ANC’s plans to fill up the country’s biggest stadium on June, 4, at their Gauteng manifesto.
“We’ve been working continuously in our communities, amongst the people. We know the problems they are facing and we’ve resolved some of those problems…. We are confident that we are going to fill that stadium to capacity, not less than 94 000 troops of the ANC from different areas,” says Maile.