By Thys Khiba
Lichtenburg – The Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) in the North West urged that North West Provincial Government must invest and buy Clover factory for both production and study purposes.
This follows a report that Clover was shutting down its Lichtenburg production facility and moving to KwaZulu-Natal, after years of service delivery issues and unsuccessful engagements with Ditsobotla Local Municipality.
Speaking about the state of the performance of the province economy, YCLSA said they noted with concern that Clover is still unshakeable about relocating its business plant from the Ditsobotla Local Muunicipality to Kwazulu-Natal province.
“On this matter, the meeting resolved to lobby government to purchase the assets of the factory and convert it into an extension study site for agricultural processing plant for cheese and other dairy products, in that jobs will be saved and all supply contracts will not suffer loss of contracts,” said YCLSA Provincial Secretary, Tsietsi Letsebe.
The YCLSA admitted that they have has a lot of work to do in driving the ‘agenda of youth and socialism’ in the North West province.
“To that the meeting resolved to revive all structures of the organisation whilst also rolling out campaigns on key and immediate issues. That in carrying out these organizational tasks, the PC will start by inducting all newly elected district committees across the length and breadth of the province,” Letsebe added.
The North West government believes Clover can still be convinced to keep South Africa’s biggest cheese factory in Lichtenburg.
It was also reported that North West Premier Job Mokgoro has however dispatched a political task team, which is headed by Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Desbo Mohono, to meet with Clover’s management, in a bid to persuade the company to stay in Lichtenburg.
Meanwhile, the YCLSA advised the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) to conclude the process of appointing a new premier for the province, as they claim that ‘the current stalling of the province’ is creating instability in the province.
“For the youth of the province it is quite clear that the current premier has failed with distinctions in resolving the crisis facing the rural youth in the province.”
The YCLSA used Youth Enterprise Service (YES) as an example of the Premier’s office failure to support young people.
“YES needs to be resuscitated as youth entrepreneurship and cooperative development have the potential to grow the economy of the province and create jobs for young people of the province.”
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