Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza has agreed to meet the DA to discuss the proposed youth wage subsidy, the party said on Monday.

“The DA requested the meeting as part of our efforts to lobby premiers across the country... in endorsing the wage subsidy,” DA MPL Anthony Benadie said in a statement.

“The implementation of the youth wage subsidy... would stimulate the province's economic growth, and create a better life for its people,” he said.

Mabuza would meet the DA on Tuesday. His spokesman Zibonele Mngwango could not say what was on the agenda.

Benadie said Mabuza promised sustainable job creation initiatives every year, but the programmes failed to create jobs.

Many young people left Mpumalanga to look for work or pursue tertiary education, then never return to the province.

“Implementing the youth wage subsidy will not only acknowledge the extent of the youth unemployment crisis in Mpumalanga, but also commit government to giving young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience,” said Benadie. Sapa