BUSINESS REPORT (Mercury) Page 18
In particular, we must do away with the erroneous belief that freedom means that every black person is capable of running a business. Faced with the daunting challenge of increasing levels of youth unemployment, the debate over youth economic empowerment solutions has become highly contested, as was recently witnessed during a violent stand-off between the DA and Cosatu over the modalities of the youth wage subsidy. While the solution to this ticking timebomb does not lie in a single-handed approach, it is important that a correct message about the sustainability of the solutions are at our disposal. That is why the youth wage subsidy presents both the pros and cons that must be clearly addressed before it is speedily phased in and implemented.