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BLF questions future of PYEI

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The BLF leader has expressed concern over the delay in response by the presidency, as it relates to the future of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative and its possible extension.

On Friday, 11 June 2021, the Black First Land First (BLF) party leader, Andile Mngxitama expressed concern over the uncertainty on the future of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI), which has successfully employed over 300 000 youths, according to reports. The initiative was introduced to address the unemployment rate amongst the youth, particularly in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Mngxitama has stressed that the BLF wrote a letter to the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, to find out whether the PYEI would be extended for the current youth participants already under the initiative. It has been reported that it may be coming to an end. The party has, however, not received any feedback, and Mngxitama is now questioning what will happen with the R11 billion that Ramaphosa had said was being put aside for the creation of jobs.

According to Mngxitama, “BLF sent a letter to the President to save the 300 000 youth jobs. No response.” Adding, “Please confirm if the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative is being extended with the current participants… The President said he had an additional R11 billion for jobs, is PYEI extended?”

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