DBN South Opportunity Centre opens

2016-02-10 06:00
PHOTO: fever reporter At the launch of the Durban South Opportunity Centre prospective employers, jobseekers and representatives from other interest groups that support the joint initiative, including Durban South Business Forum, Amanzimtoti Community Upliftment Project, Vincit Omnia Veritas Trust, SAPS and    politicians.

PHOTO: fever reporter At the launch of the Durban South Opportunity Centre prospective employers, jobseekers and representatives from other interest groups that support the joint initiative, including Durban South Business Forum, Amanzimtoti Community Upliftment Project, Vincit Omnia Veritas Trust, SAPS and politicians.

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MONDAY, 8 February saw the opening of the Durban South Opportunity Centre, a joint initiative between Durban South Business Forum (DSBF), Amanzimtoti Community Upliftment Project (AMCUP) and Vincit Omnia Veritas Trust.

At the heart of the project is the idea to connect businesses and employers with unemployed workers who stand along Kingsway in Warner Beach.

“This is a joyous occasion, which presents us with a project to help our whole community. The project is far more involved than creating work opportunities, but this is where it will start,” DSBF spokesperson, Jaco Wijnmaalen said at the launch of the project.

He explained that jobseekers standing along Kingsway in Warner Beach are to be relocated to AMCUP, to the facilities prepared for the purpose of the project. The project is done with the support of local government, SAPS and various other parties - one such is RBI Technical Solutions.

“RBI has played a major role in making a container available to use as an office for the project and managing the project as well as generous financial contributions,” Wijnmaalen said.

All legal job seekers will be profiled and categorised in terms of skill and past training and experience. In that way, they will have the best chance of finding a job to best suit their specific aptitude and/or interest.

Anybody wishing to employ someone will be encouraged to use this channel, rather than randomly picking someone off the street. In this way the best interest of legal job seekers as well as possible employers are best served.

“It is also important to note that the contact details of the prospective jobseekers will be placed on a website so that people can contact them,” said Jan Pauw of the Vincit Omnia Veritas Trust.

Employers are always to pick up workers and return workers to the AMCUP site and workers are to be paid wages­ on site he said.

Wijnmaalen stressed that no money will be deducted from workers at any stage and the rate negotiated with their employer will be what they receive. Employers will also be asked to comment on work done by employees, which will increase the chances of hard workers being offered long-term employment.

Workers will also, as far as possible be utilised in any community projects that come up from time to time. In addition, those who did not find a job for the day will be given a plate of food, so they will at least not have to go home hungry and be forced to less desirable methods to find something to eat.

The public are encouraged not to give money to beggars on street corners, but rather channel their good intentions to help in upliftment through this project. Anybody wishing to make a financial or other contribution should contact Lee Lewis on 082 890 4982.

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