The government is still committed to halving unemployment and poverty by 2014, despite the global economic downturn. This is according to National Planning Commission Minister, Trevor Manuel.
Outlining the government's Medium Strategic Framework (MTSF) in Pretoria, Manuel said the MTSF’s main focus is to minimise the impact of the economic crisis on the country's productive capacity, jobs and poverty reduction measures.
He said government's focus will be on creating decent jobs, adding that that this is not mutually exclusive with President Jacob Zuma's promise to create half a million job opportunities by the end of 2009.
The global financial crisis has already cost the country 200 000 jobs.
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