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South Africa’s Unemployment Rate Rises

The unemployment rate in South Africa has risen to 32.9% in the first quarter of 2024 from 32.1% in the fourth quarter of 2023. Statistics South Africa released the data two weeks before the elections. 

The results indicate that the number of employed persons increased by 22 000 to 16,7 million in the first quarter of 2024. This is compared to the fourth quarter of 2023.

The number of unemployed persons increased by 330 000 to 8,2 million during the same quarter. Additionally, the number of people who were not economically active for reasons other than discouragement decreased by 214 000 to 13,1 million. Discouraged work-seekers decreased by 1 000 in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the fourth quarter of 2023.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RISES IN SOUTH AFRICA IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2024

This resulted in a net decrease of 215 000 in the not economically active population. The above changes in employment and unemployment resulted in the official unemployment rate increasing by 0,8% of a percentage point from 32,1% in the fourth quarter of 2023 to 32,9% in the first quarter of 2024.

The unemployment rate according to the expanded definition also increased by 0,8 of a percentage point to 41,9% in Q1: 2024 compared to Q4: 2023.

Dr Phophi Ramathuba’s First Words As Limpopo Premier

Newly elected Premier of Limpopo Dr Phophi Ramathuba has delivered her first speech following her inauguration on Friday. Dr Ramathuba becomes the first female Premier of the province since 1994.

The inauguration of the 7th Administration of the Limpopo Legislature took place in the Lebowakgomo Legislative Chamber.

Newly sworn in Members took the Oath and Solemn Affirmations before the Presiding Judge, George Phatudi, who is the Limpopo High Court Judge President. Makoma Grace Makhurupetje from the ANC was elected Speaker unopposed. ANC Women’s League Provincial Secretary Tebogo Mamorobela was elected deputy speaker, also unopposed. It is also the first time that all three elected into the positions are women.

LIMPOPO PREMIER DR PHOPHI RAMATHUBA DELIVERS HER FIRST SPEECH AT THE LEGISLATURE

“I am more than humbled by your faith and the confidence you have shown in me as the first democratically elected female Premier of this great province,” said Dr Ramathuba.

“Allow me to pay my gratitude to the esteemed leaders and members of this great movement, the ANC and the Alliance partners who are here today to witness this historic occasion.

“I also want to thank my family especially my only surviving parent, my mother, my late father, friends, and comrades for offering me words of encouragement, Idare not fail,” she said.

“I do not take this responsibility for granted. Your confidence in me has placed on my shoulders and those of other deployees a necessary burden to work diligently and tirelessly. To change the lives of our people for the better. I know it as a matter of fact, that my election today is not a personal feat, but a call to action.

“I shall always strive to exercise my responsibilities with one thing in mind. That the people of Limpopo and their needs must always come first. The word responsibility carries a dual, but complementary, meaning.”


Premier Ramathuba Announces MECs For The New Administration

Limpopo Premier Dr Phophi Ramathuba has announced the new MECs for the 7th administration. Dr Ramathuba was installed as the new Premier of Limpopo after former Premier Stanley Mathabatha served his last term.

The former MEC for Health was an overwhelming favourite following an interview process with the ANC officials.

“The individuals I have appointed to the Executive Council bring a wealth of experience, dedication, and a deep commitment to serving our people,” said the MEC.

“They have been chosen for their proven track records, their expertise in their respective fields, and their unwavering commitment to the values and principles that underpin our democracy.

“As we embark on this journey together, our primary focus will be on addressing the pressing challenges that our province faces. Including economic growth, unemployment, job creation, industrialisation, agriculture and rural development, water provision, roads and general infrastructure development, healthcare, education and also crime.”‘

“We are committed to fostering an inclusive and transparent government that works tirelessly to improve the lives of all our citizens.”

Premier Ramathuba Announces MECs  For The New Administration


NEW LIMPOPO MECs ANNOUNCED BY PREMIER DR PHOPHI RAMATHUBA

Below is the list of the MECs as announced by Dr Phophi Ramathuba during a media briefing held in Polokwane.

Education – Ms Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya
Health – Ms Mashego Dieketseng Masesi
Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs – Mr Basikopo Rogers Makamu
Social Development – Ms Fulufhelo Florence Radzilani
Sport, Arts and Culture – Mr Maseko Funani Jerry
Treasury – Mr Mahoai Kgabo Elias
Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism – Mr Tshitereke Baldwin Matibe
Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure – Mr Rachoene Sebataolo Ernest
Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development – Ms Kekana Nakedi Grace
Department of Transport and Community Safety – Ms Mathye Susani Violet


Cyril Ramaphosa Re-Elected As President

ANC Leader Cyril Ramaphosa has been re-elected as the President of the Republic of South Africa during the National Assembly of the 7th Parliament. Ramaphosa obtained 283 votes. He defeated EFF leader Julius Malema who managed to secure 44 votes.

On Friday, Chief Justice Raymond Zondo presided over the swearing-in of hundreds of Members of Parliament at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. This was during the first sitting of the National Assembly of the Seventh Parliament. 

NAC member Thoko Didiza was elected Speaker of the National Assembly (NA). The new partnership between the African National Congress, Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Inkatha Freedom Party saw Didiza beat the Economic Freedom Fighters’ Veronica Mente by 284 votes to 49.

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