Kaya 959 New Reporter
Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says that vaccinations are critical to preserving jobs.
Nxesi calls all eligible South Africans to take the COVID-19 vaccination.
Administered vaccinations are necessary to lift lockdown restrictions that have affected the economy.
“We believe that this is one of the ways that this country can arrest the shedding of jobs.”
Statistics South Africa’s second quarter Labour Force Survey reveals that 34.4% of South Africans are unemployed.
The department of Employment and Labour says that the most vulnerable are youth, ages 15 to 34 years old.
However the recent influx of vaccination for the age group shows that “the youth are leading from the front in securing their future…this will be the difference between the economy kick starting or not.”
“We appreciate their commitment and resolve,” says Minister Nxesi.
The vaccination count for South Africa currently stands at 11 363 810 as of Wednesday, 25 August.
An amount of 872 775 of the total number of vaccinations administered belong to the age group 18 to 34 years old.
Minister Nxesi says that the department’s hope lies in its infrastructure build programme and in public employment “to provide opportunities of employment to keep young people engaged.”
Work on the “Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan” is underway.
Nxesi says that government is “optimistic that we will arrest this challenge of unemployment.”
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