Presidential Employment Stimulus has supported 433,000 jobs – Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image credit: Twitter/The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

The Presidential Employment Stimulus has supported 433,167 opportunities so far, the Presidency said in a progress report issued on Tuesday.

This figure consists of 342,827 jobs created or retained and 90,340 livelihoods supported. 186,879 opportunities are currently open for recruitment/applications, while 72,672 are still in the pipeline.

Response to rising unemployment

The Presidency said, “As part of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, the Presidential Employment Stimulus is designed to respond to the rise in unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Presidential Employment Stimulus supports a range of opportunities through the expansion of public employment as well as job retention in vulnerable sectors.

“In addition to employment opportunities, the stimulus provides crucial support for livelihoods in the creative sector, the agricultural sector and the early childhood development sector.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the R100 billion stimulus in October last year with the aim of supporting over 800,000 job opportunities. The government has allocated R13 billion to the stimulus so far, with R87 billion set to be allocated over the next three years.

Target areas

These are some of the target areas where the government is creating the opportunities:

No. of jobsTarget areas
50,000Environmental programmes
14,000Community forestry
25,000Labour-intensive municipal infrastructure maintenance
1,560Facilities maintenance 
37,097Rural roads maintenance
5,531Community health work
32,663Public employment in cities
300,000Teaching and school assistants
8,000Global business services (Business Process Outsourcing)

With regard to teaching and school assistant opportunities, the progress report stated, “Appointments have been finalised in most of the provinces and 94 percent of the assistants have been placed.

“The national department conducted monitoring visits in over 400 schools across the country and has recently administered a survey of assistants to verify information received from provinces.”

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development is in the process of issuing vouchers to applicants of the Subsistence Producer Relief Fund.

The Presidency said applications for the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Employment Stimulus Relief Fund are open until 19 February 2021.

“This programme will provide income support to early childhood development practitioners, helping to protect the sector from the impact of COVID-19. ECD centres are invited to apply for support on or by calling a dedicated toll-free contact centre on 0800 089 666,” it said.

To read the full progress report, click here.

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