Employment & labour minister Thulas Nxesi has defended plans by his department to use more than R15bn to create 2-million jobs before March 2024, while conceding his department had failed to meet targets on that front.

Nxesi’s admission, a rarity by a government minister, came in comments to National Council of Provinces where he was on updating the select committee on trade and industry, economic development, small business development, tourism, employment and labour, on the first and second quarter reports for the UIF, the Compensation Fund, and Supported Employee Enterprise for the 2023/24 financial year...

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