Department addresses unemployment in province

2017-03-15 08:20

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THE MEC for Roads and Public Works, Thandiswa Marawu, said one of the big achievements of her Department during the past financial year, were the number of job opportunities created as well as the training and upskilling of people to work the Department’s projects.

Bursaries were awarded to 112 deserving learners in fields of study such as civil engineering, architecture and quantity surveying.

“We are in the skills development revolution in that after graduating we place these learners in the department. Once they are inside, we make sure that we assist them with obtaining professional registration. Awarding bursaries also took gender disparities into account in that eligible students, irrespective of gender are given same opportunities,” said Marawu.

She said that internal employees were also awarded bursaries to ensure that they have a skilled workforce.

“In 2016/17 we recruited 220 interns, against the target of 200 and a total of 100 TVET learners have been appointed. Induction programmes were implemented in all six regions including Head Office. This is part of the Department’s efforts to curb the high unemployment rate among the youth,” said Marawu.

According to Marawu, 2016/17 marked the third year of implementing Phase 3 of the Expanded Public Works Programme.

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“Secondly, the Department planned to support 240 emerging contractors through the Integrated Contractor Development Programme (ICDP). As at the end of December 2016, 219 emerging contractors were supported through the ICDP,” said Marawu.

The Department also continued to implement its Artisan Development Programme, APTCoD, during the 2016/17 financial year. Through the APTCoD programme, 827 learners have been trained by the end of December 2016. At the end of December 2016, 117 APTCoD learners graduated to become fully-fledged artisans. This achievement is against the annual target of 80 learners who should pass the trade test by the end of the 2016/17 financial year.

In addition, the Department continued to implement the National Youth Service (NYS) through which young people who are not in employment, education and training are provided with training through the Department’s buildings and roads infrastructure programmes. By the end of December 2016, 486 learners were enrolled into the NYS programme.

Expanded Public Works


Through the National Development Plan and the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF: Outcomes 4 and 13), the Government has committed to create six million work opportunities through EPWP by 2019.

As a coordinating Department on the Expanded Public Works Programme in the Province, the Department has the responsibility to ensure that the Province contributes optimally to the creation of the six million work opportunities by 2019.

The Province’s contribution to the national target is 502 186 work opportunities. By the end of October 2016, the Province had created 407 991 work opportunities.

“This good performance clearly indicates that the EC is on course to achieve its five-year target for work opportunities by 2019,” said Marawu.

Marawu said that during the 2017/18 financial year, the Department will continue to intensify its efforts at addressing the challenges of joblessness and poverty through the Expanded Public Works Programme.

The following programmes and interventions have been prioritised for 2017/18:

  • 49150 work opportunities will be created by the Department.
  • 300 unemployed people, especially the youth, will be matched to work opportunities through Amathuba Jobs Portal.
  • 150 emerging contractors will be supported and 50 will upgrade to higher levels of the CIDB register.
  • 900 learners will be trained to be artisans in our APTCoD Programme.
  • 90 APTCoD learners will be supported so that they pass the trade test and become fully-fledged artisans.
  • 500 learners who are not in employment, education and training will be enrolled into the Department’s National Youth Service Programme.

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