By THANDISIZWE MGUDLWA
South African Deputy President David Mabuza and Leader of Government Business last week updated the National Assembly on Government’s efforts in building the township economy.
The government has said that the broader aim is to enhance economic growth and the revised strategies to intensify human resource development in Mzansi, through developing the township economy.
Mabuza also chairs the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) of Mzansi, a multitier stakeholder forum with various constituencies working together to address the skills deficits of the country.
In May this year, the Council hosted a successful summit, which gave rise to the revised Human Resource Development Strategy towards 2030.
In this regard, Mabuza also updated Parliament on various initiatives adopted by government in dealing with the challenge of unemployment as well as on progress in planning for the forthcoming Job and Investment Summits that President Cyril Ramaphosa announced during the State of the Nation Address in February this year.
During this 4th Session of Oral Questions posed by Members of Parliament to the Deputy President, an update on strategies to build the township economy as a vehicle for economic growth and efforts to eradicate poverty also featured prominently.
In an HRDC meeting held in Roodepoort in June Mabuza commented, “It must surely be in the interest of the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) to pay close attention to Roodepoort’s informal economy because here we will find South Africa’s story of innovation and endless possibility in the face of socio-economic hardships.
“We hope that institutions like UNISA will continue to encourage its students to collaborate with our communities to work together to find answers that will address the developmental needs of our people,” said Mabuza.