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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


THE CREATION OF 65000 JOBS Ė LEKOTA 

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY
  MALIZOLE DIKO, UDM NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON

The claim by Minister Terror Lekota that the arms procurement deal will create 65000 jobs require a detailed qualification because it creates a lot of doubt about its accuracy.

Arms manufacture is a high tech industry, which requires highly skilled workers with sound engineering and other scientific skills that are not available among the majority of disadvantaged job seekers. We already have the experience of a steel factory in Saldanah Bay, which presumably makes a lot of money for its offshore owners without benefiting our unemployed who cannot be absorbed there because they do not have the skills.

It is very doubtful that the arms manufacturing of such a high tech nature as that found in the production of modern arms can create 65000 jobs. This sounds like a propaganda statement intended to pacify the concerns surrounding the whole question of the arms deal. This is typical of the ANCís empty promises.

These arms will in the main be manufactured outside South Africa any local participation will not create such massive employment opportunities for our local unemployed disadvantaged people. If anything is to believed, imported skills will be used. It seems to most South Africans the focus should be on labour intensive economic activity and the creation of small and medium sized entrepreneurs, which offer direct participation by the people who have no jobs, whom the country is unable to absorb in its current economic situation. 

The minister will do well to give us a detailed exposition of the exact way these 65000 jobs will be created rather than dwell on vague platitudes and generalisation.

Enquiries:
Malizole Diko
UDM National Spokesperson

17 September 1999

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