President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government will create more than 800,000 jobs in the coming months as part of its economic reconstruction and recovery plan.
Ramaphosa announced the ambitious target during a joint sitting of Parliament on Thursday.
R100b employment stimulus
“We have committed R100 billion over the next three years to create jobs through public and social employment as the labour market recovers.
“This starts now, with over 800,000 employment opportunities created in the months ahead,” he said.
The government has published a series of documents giving more details to Ramaphosa’s speech, including the exact figures and broad timeframes.
According to the documents, the government aims to create 875,000 job opportunities in the 2020/21 financial year. This will increase in the 2021/22 and 2022/23 financial years.
These are some of the target areas where the government hopes to create job opportunities:
|No. of jobs||Target areas|
|25,000||Labour-intensive municipal infrastructure maintenance|
|37,097||Rural roads maintenance|
|5,531||Community health work|
|32,663||Public employment in cities|
|300,000||Teaching and school assistants|
|8,000||Global business services (Business Process Outsourcing)|
“The employment stimulus is focused on those interventions that can be rolled out most quickly and have the greatest impact on economic recovery,” Ramaphosa said.
Protecting vulnerable jobs
In addition to the 875,000 new opportunities, the government will also seek to protect vulnerable jobs that may be lost during the recovery period, he added.
In this regard, Ramaphosa said the government will protect 44,933 vulnerable teaching posts and 111,142 early childhood development jobs.
The government will also protect 74,626 small-scale farmers, 34,070 jobs in the creative, cultural and sporting sector, and 5,000 young entrepreneurs and micro-enterprises.
“The implementation of the employment stimulus has already commenced. Each of these work opportunities is fully funded and ready for implementation,” the President said.