The Johannesburg branch of the ANC is angry that DA mayor Herman Mashaba has cancelled the Jozi@work programme. Mashaba announced on Friday morning: "I am pleased to announce the end of an era of patronage with Jozi@Work. I maintain that we have to turn the economy of our city around and ensure that real work opportunities are created for our residents." "These opportunities will benefit the poorest of our city‚ not the overnight millionaires that the city seems to have prioritised in the past." The ANC quickly hit back‚ saying: "Today is a sad day for over 8‚000 workers and 112 co-operatives/local companies in Johannesburg." The ANC claims its programme "created thousands of jobs for the unemployed residents of Johannesburg". "Through Jozi@Work‚ the ANC government put over R3bn aside for the benefit of co-operatives and local companies. The move by Mashaba will inevitably take away this money from the poor and unemployed residents of Johannesburg who had found work in the programme...

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