Ever since the youth wage subsidy was announced in 2011, majority has expected that the government will announce a wide-ranging package of measures to resolve the unemployment problem for youth. It is generally believed that Zuma has started off at a better place by declaring the National Development Plan to be the government’s central policy project. He has implied that he wants to push through the youth wage subsidy. However, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is likely to oppose such plans and this is where Zuma needs to show resolution.
President Zuma recently visited the 94-year-old Nelson Mandela at his home in Johannesburg and discussed the upcoming State of the Nation address. Zuma stopped at Mandela’s residence while he was on his way to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) football final.