Hope for the jobless

2019-06-04 06:00
Sabrina Storm, Chimone Oliver, Celine Webber, Mason Herman and Ashwin Tagodien didn’t pass up the chance to find employment at the City of Cape Town.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Sabrina Storm, Chimone Oliver, Celine Webber, Mason Herman and Ashwin Tagodien didn’t pass up the chance to find employment at the City of Cape Town.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Residents from Retreat, Capricorn and neighbouring areas were given the chance to sign up to the City of Cape Town’s employment database for short-term employment last Tuesday.

The City held a registration drive for job seekers at the Retreat Civic Centre to update their database of unemployed people who would be fitting for various jobs including that of data capturers, cleaners and other similar positions.

Residents experienced a waiting time of less than an hour and were pleased with the speediness of the process.

Sabrina Storm, one of the hopefuls, said that it was easy for her and for all the people who had a certified copy of their ID to attach to the job seekers’ application form provided at the centre. But even for the people who didn’t have the necessary documentation, there were copy machines and officials available on the day to certify the required documents.

Another hopeful was Rowen Solomon from Grassy Park. He registered to the database in an attempt to find employment at the council. “I’m here to get a job and I’m good with my hands,” he said.

Regarding his motive for finding a job, he said: “I have no dependants – so I want to help my family and myself, and build my own future.

“We are in a community where we live hard and we suffer every day and we see violence happening here, and we don’t want to fit into that. If you have time and you are sitting at home, you can go look for work.”

His friend Tohier Samuels agreed with him, saying that unemployment in this community would almost surely lead to a life lost to social ills.

“If you’re at home, you’re going to get lost in the area. If you get a job, you get out of the area and experience more stuff and explore more,” Samuels said.

Samuels would like to find employment at a school, where he will be able to contribute towards the educational development of the youth in the area. “I want to teach the children all the things that I didn’t learn,” he explained.

V If you were not able to make it to the job seekers’ drive, you can register to the City’s employment database. Find out how to do so by visiting the website: https://bit.ly/2wrbvHA.


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.