Federal Council resolved this weekend that in order to move forward as a country and realise our great potential, South Africa needs to deal with its biggest problem: unemployment.
This weekend, the DA Federal Council sat for the first time since May.
The Federal Council is the highest decision-making structure of the DA. It meets three times a year.
Since the Congress in May, we have held in excess of 1000 events in communities in all provinces across the country and have interacted with hundreds of thousands of South Africans who share our dream of a South Africa built on the values of Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity.
Market research shows that our party is growing and has great momentum ahead of the local government elections next year.
South Africa is at a critical juncture in its history. Our economy is in crisis and is not creating the jobs required to address inequality, pull many South Africans out of poverty and move our country forward.
Accordingly, Federal Council resolved this weekend that in order to move forward as a country and realise our great potential, South Africa needs to deal with its biggest problem: unemployment.
66% of South Africans are either without employment or have given up seeking work. Of this group, two thirds are young South Africans.
If we don’t address this problem with the urgency and innovation that is required, we will burden our children and future generations with undue hardship and lack of opportunities.
Dealing with the unemployment problem effectively will require the requisite political will and leadership that is sorely lacking in the current government.
The DA does not share the views of some who say that South Africa is becoming a failed state. But we do not have the luxury of time to get things right and fix our economy so that it creates the jobs required.
South Africa requires a government that is committed to building a better future for all South Africans. And only the DA can form such a government.
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