If you’ve ever taken a road trip along the N2 through the Eastern Cape, you will know just how incredibly beautiful this province is.
Hundreds of kilometers of pristine coastline, interrupted by spectacular river mouths, met by rolling, green hills.
It’s a breathtaking part of the world, and it’s hard to imagine that anyone would ever want to leave.
“And yet many do,” says DA leader Helen Zille who will be attending the DA Eastern Cape’s Provincial COngress together with 500 other DA delegates.
“More people leave the Eastern Cape each year than any other province,” she added.
“Between 2006 and 2011, more than a quarter of a million people quit the Eastern Cape for other provinces.
While the rest of the country’s population is growing, the Eastern Cape has seen a net loss of almost 280 000 people for the ten years from 2001 to 2011. And this trend is accelerating.
There’s one primary reason that they’re leaving, and that’s jobs.
At 44,4%, the Eastern Cape has the highest expanded or “broad” unemployment rate in South Africa – way above the national rate of 35,6%. (In the Western Cape this is 25,4%),” added Zille.
The conference starts on Friday and ends on Saturday in Jeffreys Bay.