According to the National Treasury's own forecasts, the Youth Wage Subsidy would benefit a young South African jobseeker every three and a half minutes. The policy was originally proposed in Parliament in October 2009 and was formally announced by President Jacob Zuma on 11 February 2010. If the policy had been implemented on 1 April 2010 we would have created tens of thousands of jobs for unemployed youth. These jobs would have given hope and means to families in every corner of this country. Instead, Cosatu's opposition has led to serious delays in the implementation of the policy, and may prevent it being adopted at all.