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Zungula believes township economies should unlock more opportunities

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ATM leader, Vuyo Zungula has shared his article on the need for the township and rural economies to unlock more job opportunities and reduce poverty and inequality.

Leader of the African Transformation Movement (ATM), Vuyolwethu Zungula shared an article he penned on Thursday, 23 September 2021. In his article, Zungula spoke on the need for township economies to unlock job opportunities, as township and rural dwellers account for the bulk of the millions of unemployed people in the country.

He noted how more than a centenary since the 1913 Natives Land Act drove and dumped Black families in townships and rural areas, these people’s situation had only become grimmer. He also expressed that the government of the present day had not attempted to change the makeup of townships and rural areas.

The ATM leader further pointed out that despite slogans to reduce poverty, unemployment and inequality, townships had significantly remained unchanged. He described that every day, hopeless and desperate armies of mostly young women and men roam the streets of townships without work.

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How does Zungula believe government has failed to protect local entrepreneurs?

Through the proliferation of shopping malls and foreign-owned spaza shops in townships, Zungula believes the government has failed in that aspect. He noted that Black people once ran successful businesses like supermarkets and general dealers during the heydays of apartheid.

What factors does Zungula believe are behind foreign-owned shop attacks?

Zungula noted that some of the underlying factors include severe poverty, the high levels of unemployment, and a general feeling of marginalization. He further stated that the government simply not coming to the party to protect local business and invest in social and economic infrastructure are also contributing factors.

What has Zungula called on government to do on township economies?

Zungula urged the government to take bold steps to introduce legislation that protects local businesses and builds township and rural economies, as they compete with foreign shop owners and are put out of business by big retailers like Shoprite.

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