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

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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.

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