ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the inclusion of women and youth in the economy of the country.
He said the party had already started engaging with companies and requested them to create one million job opportunities.
“We want to build a strong economy that will create a considerable number of jobs because we want to reduce the epidemic of unemployment amounting to 9 million.
“We will achieve that by building factories and mines as well as sitting in meetings with companies on creating spaces for the youth to start working,” he said.
Ramaphosa said they were in the process of incorporating South Africans into the economy, something which has been long overdue.
He said the time had come for the majority of the country to start benefiting from the wealth of their country.
“South Africa acquired political freedom back in 1994 but did not get economic freedom and it is high time South Africans obtained what is rightfully theirs. We told those who have economic power in their hands that the time has now come for the majority of our people who have always been outside the economy of our country to take their rightful place in the economy whether they like it or not,” said Ramaphosa.
He also addressed the issue of land, saying farm owners must return the land to its rightful owners. This comes two weeks after the Black Monday march by farmers calling for an end to farm murders.
“We cannot have a situation where land continues to be owned by a minority in the exclusion of the Majority. We said we want our land back and the ANC will come up with strategies on how to put that into effect,” Ramaphosa said.
He also urged South Africa companies to stop exporting raw material to Europe but to rather import finished goods. He said South Africa must build factories to process them and export finished goods to see positive returns. He called on the youth to study hard at school and acquire skills to ensure a sustainable economic development.