Help with new jobs in strike belt

2014-06-12 00:00

THE victims of the extended strike in the platinum belt are getting help not only with food and clothes, but with getting their CVs up to date.

Trade union Solidarity’s Helping Hand organisation has been delivering food parcels in the area for the past several weeks.

Now, says Helping Hand’s Marine Jacobs, they want to help non-strikers prepare for the retrenchments that may follow the strike.

The group has set up a website, www.werknet.co.za, to help people find work. It will also help the children of non-strikers who lose their jobs with bursaries for tertiary education next year.

Another element of their assistance is to negotiate with banks on behalf of those who have failed to keep up with loan repayments.

Helping Hand is feeding hundreds of families, and yesterday distributed food parcels to 70 people at a Dutch Reformed church in Rustenberg.

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