Over 40 000 temporary jobs for Cape Town's unemployed

2015-07-13 17:56
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Cape Town - Thousands of jobless Capetonians will benefit from over 40 000 temporary jobs during the current financial year.

According to a statement by the City of Cape Town, unemployed locals will benefit from 42 500 short to medium-term job opportunities offered through its Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

The programme, a national government initiative launched in 2004, is aimed at giving the unemployed an opportunity to earn an income while at the same time acquiring skills that could make them more employable.

Mayoral committee member for social and early childhood development, Suzette Little, said most of these employment opportunities are in the utility services directorate, particularly in the solid waste management department.

“Transport for Cape Town, human settlements and community services are the other three top employers within the City for the programme. 

“In fact, these four directorates were responsible for nearly 75% of all work opportunities created in the last financial year.”

The dedicated budget for the last four financial years, including the new financial year, is R466m.

This excludes normal line budgets, where jobs are created through service providers.

The programme is intended to provide temporary work to as many as possible of the unemployed residents registered on the City’s job seekers database.

“One of the challenges is getting some job seekers to understand that the opportunities are temporary in nature and that there is no guarantee of full-time employment, even though we have a standard induction programme where we address these issues,” Little said.

“More and more, we are facing undue pressure from individuals who demand permanent employment after completing their stint on the EPWP. Unfortunately, that is not how the programme works. 

“It is quite literally a stepping stone that offers a short to medium-term income, but more importantly, the opportunity to acquire skills that can improve an individual’s employability in the general job market.”

Work opportunities include administrative assistance, general work supporting existing service delivery projects such as cleaning and minor maintenance, youth development work, stonemasonry work as well as river and alien vegetation clearing. 

Unemployed locals can register at their nearest sub-council office.

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