SABC News - Kimberley residents lament high unemployment:Wednesday 9 August 2017

Kimberley residents lament high unemployment

Wednesday 9 August 2017 16:01

Nthabi Gwiji and Paballo Lephaka

National Women's Day celebrations were held in Kimberlely, Northern Cape.

National Women's Day celebrations were held in Kimberlely, Northern Cape. (Twitter@Pabi_Lephaka)

Residents in Kimberley attending the official Women's Day celebrations at the Galeshewe Stadium are concerned about the high unemployment rate in the area.

According to Statistics South Africa, unemployment in the Northern Cape stands at 43.3%, translating to around 140 000 jobless people.

Residents have expressed their frustration at the lack of job opportunities in Kimberley, despite having matric certificates, tertiary qualifications and skills.

One resident says, "We need to work so that we can further our studies, because these matric certificates are not sufficient. Our parents also cannot afford to put us through tertiary."

A woman stationed as a marshal at the stadium has complained about only being granted once-off working opportunities, only at official government events.

"We sit at home without work and sometimes volunteer at events. I have been volunteering for the ANC for the past seven years, but nothing concrete has come out of it. Those few hours don't make a difference. So, we are very unlucky."

Kagisho Segole and Walter Mabotsa have both been unemployed for more than seven years, and have skills in painting and carpentry.

They hope the President will address the issue of providing residents with permanent and sustainable jobs.

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