About 17 000 jobs have been created in Joburg in the fourth quarter of 2016.

This was revealed in the StatsSA Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), released earlier this week.

City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba said that whilst the progress in the city’s employment figures is welcomed, “we cannot afford to be complacent as there are still over 800 000 unemployed residents in our city and it is essential that job creation remains the top priority of my administration.”

Said the mayor: “The status quo is simply not good enough. Our residents who continue to suffer the effects of sluggish economic growth will not be satisfied with marginal gains – particularly the city’s youth and nor should we. When the residents of this city voted for change, they demanded an administration that would release the full potential of this city,” he said.

Joburg has set itself the task of attaining minimum of 5% economic growth and reducing unemployment to under 20% by 2021…..more