Ugu poverty alleviation programme creates jobs

2017-06-08 06:01

THE municipality’s new poverty alleviation programme, aimed at fighting the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality, has introduced an element of job creation for unemployed graduates and unemployed women in the rural areas of the district.

The recently adopted budget of R1.3 billion for the budget year commencing from July 1, has made provision for the implementation of two pilot programmes, among numerous others - the Mayoral Youth Unemployed Graduates Programme and the Part-Time Employment for Unemployed Women Programme where close to 400 jobs combined will be created.

We will be employing 378 women at a stipend of R1 000 per month to clean our water services facilities two days a week for a period of a year.

This will make a positive impact on previously disadvantaged and child-headed households. In the aspect of property protection, the visibility of these women at these facilities will ensure they are kept in good condition and are not prone to vandalism.

And in the case where service delivery faults occur, they can be easily detected and swiftly responded to, thus minimising drawn-out cases of service delivery interruptions.

Our Mayoral Youth Unemployed Graduate Programme will employ 14 graduates at a stipend of R3 500 per month. Of these, 10 will be placed in various departments within the organisation and the remaining four will be placed at our two entities, the Ugu South Coast Development Agency and Ugu South Coast Tourism.

We are employing these graduates with the aim of ensuring that we enrich them with knowledge and experience in preparation for permanent employment.

As local government, we always encourage public and private partnerships as this will ensure our community development goals are accomplished.

We therefore appeal to the business community to partner with us in our quest to decrease the level of unemployment in our district by making real job opportunities available for the many young graduates that remain unemployed.

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