Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.
Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

ANCYL: Mine nationalisation on agenda

By Time of article published Jan 24, 2011

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The ANC Youth League said in a statement on Sunday that its call for nationalisation of mines remains firmly on the programme of the ANC and research is being conducted by the ANC on how the country can best take ownership and control of mines and mineral resources beneath the soil.

It called for the state to be in control of key secors of the economy in order to dent unemployment running at over 25%.

The Youth League is not in favour of any moves to casualisation of labour either.

The statement follows discussions at the National Executive Committee Lekgotla.

The NEC Lekgotla brought regional and provincial leaders of the ANC Youth League and the progressive youth alliance formations to discuss its political programme leading up to the 24th National Congress in 2011.

The Lekgotla also discussed the local government elections programme of the ANCYL.

The ANC Youth League also appreciates the gradual introduction of free education for the poor until undergraduate level in line the ANC 52nd Conference resolution on education.

The Lekgotla was addressed by ANC Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and former ANCYL President, Fikile Mbalula.

The ANC Youth League says it is more than ready to mobilise all young people to vote for the ANC, ?because it is the only organisation that is capable of leading our communities and society towards sustainable livelihoods?.

From this NEC Lekgotla, it said its battle cry is that “Every Youth League Member... A Volunteer and Organiser for Total ANC Victory”. The ANC Youth League will pay specific attention to the Western Cape and says it is “very confident and certain of victory, particularly in the City of Cape Town”.

The ANC Youth League discussed the New Growth Path and identified certain gaps and limitations that define the programme.

“As agreed in the ANC, we will make our inputs into the Growth Path and propose interventions that will sustainably address the massive unemployment and poverty challenges.”

It said the objective of creating five million jobs by 2020 is not adequate because that translates to 500,000 jobs per year until 2020, which will leave many South Africans, particularly youth unemployed for a very long time.

It said a New Growth Path in South Africa should necessarily speak to the transfer of wealth from the minority to the majority.

“We will not be able to build new industries and create sustainable jobs unless the state is in control and ownership of key sectors of the economy. Our call for Nationalisation of Mines and realisation of all Freedom Charter clauses remains on the agenda and will be the solution because the state ownership and control will spur industrialisation by making industrial inputs more accessible for labour absorptive industrialisation.”

It said the need to create jobs in South Africa should never undermine the decent work agenda.

“Those who think that we will neglect the decent work agenda should think again because the ANC Youth League will never agree to casualisation of labour and two-tier labour systems that undermines our people.”

The National Congress of the ANC Youth League will happen between the 16th and 19th of June 2011 in Gauteng Province. - I-Net Bridge

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