Unit to oversee job creation in Ekurhuleni

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pretoria – In a bid to reduce unemployment in Ekurhuleni, the City of Ekurhuleni Mayor, Mondli Gungubele, has announced that they will set up a Job Creation Programme Management Unit.

Gungubele said the unit would be tasked with the coordination and leveraging of external funding from sources such as the Jobs Fund and other related sources.

“Our Jobs Programme is planned in such a way that from the upcoming financial year and going forward, Ekurhuleni will create at least 15 000 work opportunities per annum,” he said.

Delivering the State of the City Address on Tuesday, Gungubele said the official unemployment rate in Ekurhuleni is 28.8%, which is 3% higher than the national rate as per the Fourth Quarterly Labour Force Survey for 2012.

“The project is going to be integrated into all the other job creation initiatives we will be implementing,” he said.

Gungubele said before the end of the current calendar year, the city will also host a Jobs Summit and Career Expo.

“It is at this summit that we shall seek to ensure integration of skills development to placement opportunities, especially for the youth of our city,” he said.

In September last year, the municipality approved a Job Creation Strategy to enhance the number of jobs that is created in the city.

Since June 2012, the city created 3 874 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and 2 091 non-EPWP work opportunities in Quarter 1 and 2 of the 2012/13 financial year.

In terms of youth development, Gungubele said over R10 million has been committed by the city and various businesses in Ekurhuleni towards bursaries for post-secondary education and on-the-job-training, in line with the city’s “Window of Opportunity” initiative. – SAnews.gov.za