Metro is set to create over 17 000 jobs

2017-05-24 06:01

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is set to create 17 289 work opportunities in the 2017/18 financial year which will not only alleviate unemployment in the municipality but also improve service delivery and the local economy.

This was said in a statement on Sunday by Councillor Andrew Whitfield, Member of Mayoral Committee for Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture.

“There is hope for many unemployed residents, even the GM workers whose jobs hang in the balance. Big business is groaning under the weight of national governance concerns and a sluggish economy,” said Whitfield.

Councillor Whitfield added that through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and full-time equivalent posts, many thousands more of residents will be able to put food on the table in the next financial year.

“This cash-backed target of 17 289 has been set based on a number of key capital projects and identified service delivery gaps. A key performance indicator to this effect has been included in our Integrated Development Plan for adoption, which will hold this government and all its officials to account.”

The focus of EPWP areas are likely to be waste management, water, storm water, drainage, roads and lighting.

“While the automotive sector is important for Nelson Mandela Bay, we are also developing ties with other sectors to give our economy greater width and reach.

“Agroprocessing, Tourism, Sports Tourism, IT, Services and Food and Beverage are sectors that will flourish given the right environment.”

He said that diversifying the economy and facilitating a process of trans-skilling between sectors will go a long way towards building a sustainable economic environment.

“The Municipality will reduce the turnaround time to get a business connected to electricity and the number of days taken to have building plans approved, among many others,” said Whitfield.

“Recent investment into our City such as the Toyota Forklift expansion, Dry Ice production facility and PWC call centre indicate that we are starting to move in the right direction.

“By creating an enabling, supportive environment, backed up by reliable infrastructure, business will thrive. Jobs will be created. And that is how cities move forward,” said Whitfield.


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