African National Congress (ANC), Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) and members of various civil organisations hold placards as they march to The Union Buildings in Pretoria on November 2, 2018, to protest against an e-tolling system. (Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images)
**FILE** African National Congress (ANC), Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) and members of various civil organisations hold placards as they march to The Union Buildings in Pretoria on November 2, 2018, to protest against an e-tolling system. (Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images)

The ANC on Saturday pledged to deliver on its promise to create more jobs in an economy that has been characterized by limited growth.

Factors such as job creation, health, education and securing investment in the economy for inclusive growth as well as advancing social transformation were some the key points of the ANC’s election manifesto delivered at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday, the Johannesburg-based Sunday Independent reported.

The party’s 2019 election manifesto, titled “Let’s Grow South Africa Together,” spoke massively on the party’s intention to create more jobs.

According to the election manifesto, the party said it would create 275 000 jobs each year by boosting local demand for goods. It also said the party would invest more in the mining, manufacturing and agricultural sectors.

“We will ensure that we not only create new jobs but work hard to protect existing jobs. In line with the presidential jobs summit outcomes, we will take active steps to ensure that retrenchments are the last consideration taken by employers and that retrenchment procedures are reviewed,” read the document.

The party said it would set bold but achievable targets for youth internships, including prescribing a minimum percentage in the public sector while securing concrete commitments from the private sector.

It also said it would work to increase the levels of investments by R1.2 trillion ($72.7 billion) over the next four years as part of the plan to grow the economy and create jobs.

“We are within reach of our target,” the party said. “These investments will help diversify the economy in sectors like mining, forestry, manufacturing, telecommunications, transport, energy, water, agro-processing, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and financial services.”

The party further explained that it would push for workers to own stakes in companies that they work for and share the profits.

This would be done through the introduction of legislation for the extension of company ownership to a broad base of workers through an employee ownership scheme and similar arrangements to supplement workers’ incomes and build greater partnerships between workers and owners to build these businesses.

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