Zuma seeks to increase public sector internships

2011-11-08 12:31

The government wants more public sector internships, President Jacob Zuma said today.

“Most young people are frustrated by the demands of experience when they look for jobs,” Zuma told the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) in Boksburg.

He said the government had directed that public sector internships be increased to 60 000 positions.

“This will expand the number ... more than tenfold. These internships will help provide that exposure to the workplace and hold them in good stead when they search for formal employment.”

Zuma urged the private sector to help with job creation, saying he was serious about the need for the government to act swiftly to cut the “notorious red tape”.

To this end, a task team had been set up under the joint oversight of the departments of trade and industry, national treasury and economic development.

“We need to close this year on a high note, having succeeded to work together to achieve a lot during this year of job creation and economic transformation.”

Zuma applauded Fedusa for its racial composition. “I think it’s a matter we need to underline. It is ... truly a rainbow nation.”

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