Over Half A Million Job Opportunities Have Been Created, Says Presidency

The Presidential Employment Stimulus was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in October last year in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on employment. The Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, confirmed in a media briefing that more opportunities are being considered. 

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The Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele released a report that over 550 000 job opportunities have been created through the Presidential Stimulus Program.

The stimulus package is part of the state’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, establised in a response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on unemployment and the economy.  

Youth Capital Project Leader, Kristal Duncan-Williams said when the number is compared to the number of jobless people in the country, it is a small amount. 

If you take it to the percentage of 9-million, it's the small and government should be careful in saying these are opportunities because they are short term. 

Gungubele said that during phase one, more than 550 000 jobs and livelihoods had been supported, with the overall target being 694 120 work opportunities. 

Phase two has commenced with a total of R11-billion being allocated by the treasury and this will support the continuation of some programmes from phase one as well as a range of new programmes, the Minister said. 

Phase two would include the establishment of a new social employment fund, which would be provided by organisations outside of the state, according to Gungubele. 

With the success of the first phase, the South African government has launched Phase 2 of the employment stimulus programme that will see more young people being employed and gaining valuable work experience. 

But Duncan-Williams of Youth Capital says government’s ambitions should be geared towards creating permanent job opportunities. 

She added that the teacher assistants appointed during the first phase are now sitting at home without employment.

Gungubele said the number is expected to rise during the implementation of the Phase 2 program.

Duncan-Williams stated that while its not clear whether the lives of the young people have been changed by the presidential stimulus job opportunities, the experience they get and the training the received could help them for the next stage.

In addition, she said government must created the job opportunities near to where young people live to curb transport costs from being a hindrance.  

Government should partner with the private sector to create pipelines for young people to get employment, advised Youth Capital. 

 

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