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Food for Waste Programme employs thousands

 

Government has revealed that more than 3 000 work opportunities have already been created for poor and vulnerable communities as a result of its Food for Waste Programme.

The programme is aimed at helping municipalities to render waste collection services in areas where the municipalities are incapable of providing such a service, while at the same time generate job opportunities, fight hunger and poverty, promote a clean environment and promote recycling, waste reduction and reuse.

The programme is presently being rolled out in nine provinces in 30 municipalities and has thus far been able to create in excess of 3 000 job opportunities.

It was initiated and put in place by the Department of Public Works together with the Independent Development Trust as part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), under the environmental sector.

 

 

Talking about exactly how the programme functions during a Social Protection and Community Development Cluster briefing last Tuesday, Public Works spokesperson, Lucky Mochalibane, stated that individuals in the local community collected waste, which they handed over to their local offices in exchange for food vouchers.

He outlined that waste was weighed and local community members were supplied with food vouchers accordingly. Government was running the programme together with local grocery stores and food chains.

In the mean time, with the successful implementation of the first phase of the EPWP, government intends to implement the second EPWP at an advanced stage, said Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

She pointed out that since the start of the current financial year, in excess of 308 000 job opportunities had been created via the programme, with the vast majority of the work created in infrastructure.

 

 

Dlamini said steps defined in phase two will refocus government’s resources to make sure that growth of further job opportunities in other programmes including community safety, mass participation in sport, Khari Gude Mass Literacy project, School Nutrition Programme and cemetery management programme and waste management.

She further mentioned that the recent Cabinet Lekgotla identified the Community Works Programme among the crucial job creation and service delivery improvement programmes.

“Between April 2010 and March this current year, the programme created 89 689 jobs across 45 municipalities covering 417 wards throughout the country. These measures are an indication of the proactive strategic approach the cluster has taken by investing in labour intensive programmes to boost job creation.

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Source: BuaNews

Growing signs of recovery with new jobs and higher wages

The total number of people employed in the formal non-agricultural sector increased by 47 000 (0.6 percent) between the December 2010 and March 2011 quarters based on recent data from Statistics South Africa.

The number of people employed in this sector increased by about 47 000 persons from December 2010 to an approximated 8 298 000 employees in March 2011, said Stats SA in its March 2011 Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey.

Gross earnings paid to employees in the formal non-agricultural sector dropped between the quarters ended December 2010 and March 2011.

“This displays a quarterly decrease of R19 800 million (-5.9 percent) when compared with the quarter ended December 2010.”

The QES revealed that an estimated 8 298 000 individuals were employed in the formal non-agricultural sector, exhibiting an annual boost of approximately 212 000 employees in comparison to an estimated 8 086 000 employees in March 2010.

 

Gross earnings paid to employees within the formal non-agricultural sector improved between the quarters ended March 2010 and March 2011. The gross earnings paid to employees during the quarter ended March 2011 amounted to R318 099 million showing an annual increase of R26 896 million.

Average monthly earnings, including bonuses and overtime payments, paid out to employees in the formal non-agricultural sector decreased between November 2010 and February 2011.

The March 2011 Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey shows a quarterly decrease of 0.2 percent in average monthly earnings paid to employees in the formal non-agricultural sector between November 2010 (an estimated R12 274) and February 2011 (an estimated R12 244).

At the same time, average monthly earnings, including bonuses and overtime payments, paid to employees in the formal non-agricultural sector increased between February 2010 and February 2011.

The QES survey reflected an annual increase of 9.3 percent in average monthly earnings paid to employees in the formal non-agricultural sector between February 2010 and February 2011.

Source: BuaNews

SA Treasury launches R9bn jobs fund

The National Treasury’s R9 billion Jobs Fund, which endeavors to generate 150 000 job opportunities over three years, is currently accepting applications from companies and non-governmental organisations with innovative job creation projects, stated the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan.

Gordhan revealed to a media briefing before his Budget Vote in Parliament that the aim was to provide R2 billion in grants this financial year to those in the private sector.

These would either be in the form of matching grants, or grants where companies and organisations had dedicated a percentage of funding to the respective project.

Gordhan initially announced the master plan to establish the Jobs Fund in his Budget Speech in February.

 

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

 

The fund would run for three years and is administered by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

Gordhan stated his department decided to go with the DBSA to administer the fund as a result of the development bank’s footprint – which provides coverage for over 200 municipalities throughout the country along with its experience with funding community development projects.

The fund is geared towards established companies with an above average reputation and that also intend to broaden existing programmes or pilot innovative solutions to employment creation, with a unique focus on opportunities for young adults.

The precise focus is not in particular on small or micro businesses, given that the government provides other programmes that can assist entrepreneurs, including the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) for business support, Khula, Samaf, the NEF and the IDC for small business funding and the Technology Innovation Agency (Tia) for innovation funding.

 

Gordhan explained that the fund would concentrate on four areas, namely: enterprise development, local infrastructure development, support for work seekers and institutional capacity building.

Enterprise development includes assistance to local procurement, marketing support, equipment upgrading or enterprise franchising.

Local infrastructure development incorporated the funding of light manufacturing zones and communication links to market goods, he explained.

Support for work seekers would include establishing networks and projects that are able to provide training and career guidance, at the same time making improvements to institutional capacity would include funding internships and mentorship programmes.

The National Treasury is going to continue to monitor and assess the overall performance and sustainability of projects funded via the initiative and all projects are required to be run for at least three to five years.

 

Gordhan mentioned the level of urgency surrounding the country’s high level of unemployment necessitated that the country required a fresh energy and infusion in the job creation process.

He explained the fund is not going to compete with other government projects, but instead complement them.

“One hopes that this will encourage completely new forms of innovation, new forms of creativity and open new areas of job creation possibilities,” he said.

The DBSA’s investment committee will be chaired by Frans Baleni, current deputy-chairperson of the development bank and secretary general of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Baleni announced that job applications would be welcomed from today and investment would most likely target poor and rural regions.

The success of the jobs fund relied on strong co-operation between the private sector and the government, he was quoted saying.

Baleni explained the team had received directives to process application timeously. The technical team, which processes applications, would meet weekly and the investment team, which makes the final selection, would meet monthly.

 

“We are required to submit bi-monthly reports to the shareholder (the National Treasury), which means that there would be no time to relax,” he stated.

Brian Whittaker, chief executive of the Business Trust, who has been selected as the fund’s vice-chair, said the fund will be a bold new initiative that is going to release a degree of creativity on tackling unemployment

“There’s an opportunity here to do something innovative and that’s what excites me,” said Whitackker.

Paul Kibuuka, who heads the DBSA’s development fund, said the fund aimed to generate 150 000 jobs over three years, adding that each job funded will need to last for at least one year.

He said the fund aimed to target somewhere between 1 000 and 2 000 projects.

The closing date for the first round of applications is July 31 and a large portion of applications will be processed electronically.

 

Those interested, as well as applicants, can contact the Jobs Fund on 086 100 3272

or

visit www.jobsfund.org.za

 

Source: BuaNews

President Zuma appeals for real job creation partnerships

President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has recently admitted the fact that the government by themselves probably will not be capable to create the job opportunities South Africa urgently requires, and has now called on the country’s private sector to come on board when it comes to the job creation drive.

Zuma shared with the SABC, during an interview, the fact that the government would need to partner along with other social partners in order to accomplish its employment goals and objectives.

“It truly is nothing like the type of predicament which might be encountered by one, it’s actually a difficult task that will require every one of us to participate in, to some extent it really is a national challenge that will require all of us … it requires the government, it requires business, it requires the unions,” Zuma explained.

R9-billion jobs fund

As part of his State of the Nation address, Zuma revealed that the government will set up a job opportunities fund of R9-billion over the up coming three years in an effort to finance completely new job-creation projects, at the same time private sector would receive billions in tax breaks in order to stimulate job growth in manufacturing.

The government has recently recognized job creation amongst five key priorities that will be dealt with during the upcoming medium-term time frame.


During his address in Parliament, Zuma stated that the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) had appropriated R10-billion over the upcoming five years for the purpose of financial commitment in economic activities that have high job creation possibilities.

Departments are additionally instructed to table their particular plans and strategies concerning employment creation, at the same time a strategy is going to be devised to make certain that all vacant posts within the public sector are filled.

Carrying out things in a different way

The President declared that even though the state will undoubtedly be performing its part, it is going to demand all the help and support it could possibly get to tackle the “unacceptably” high unemployment rate in the country.

“The truth is the fact that we will need to alter the approach in which we are generally doing things … You will definitely appreciate that I mentioned we are planning to combine all of the small financial institutions which have been doing business for instance with the economic activities assisting businesses.”


The government would need to furthermore make certain that South Africa’s state-owned enterprises be roped in the job creation drive by means of internship training programmes and learnerships.

“Public enterprises will be looked into rigorously … as they quite simply must make sure that they come on board. One important thing we are going to be considering here is to make sure that we employ individuals who meet the criteria for the jobs.”

Education, health, social welfare

Looking at education, health and social welfare, Zuma reiterated the fact that education would certainly continue to be the main focus of his current administration, cautioning that squandering of teaching time would not be accepted or tolerated.

“We have made the correct choice by making education the apex of our priorities; we proceeded to go even further to split the department which was basically extremely big as well as the inclination at the time was the fact that the concentration was on higher level as opposed to the basic.

“Now we have developed a 10-point plan within the level of basic education, and I believe we are undertaking the right strategy.”


To take control of poverty and give a boost to social security, Zuma explained that the government would utilize the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme unveiled throughout provinces such as Limpopo along with the Eastern Cape during the past year to guarantee economic activity when it comes to rural areas.

The government bodies in addition intended to provide a third of the 1.2-million South African homeowners residing in informal settlements security of tenure within the next three years.

Men and women in rural areas possessed the relevant skills and abilities required to take care of livestock, and additionally methods will be investigated to permit individuals to utilize these skills and abilities for economic benefits, Zuma stated.


“Why don’t we facilitate dairy farming and say we are going to provide cattle for them so that they have the ability to take care of cattle within their herd, they could produce milk and make it avaliable on the market to allow them to be in a position to generate some income, and I also are of the opinion that there are various other pursuits you can easily perform.”

Regarding health, Zuma said the long-awaited National Health Insurance policy could well be made public in the near future and, in preparation for the scheme, the government planned to enhance health care this year by way of appointing suitable not to mention qualified personnel to the right positions.

“All of us require qualified and competent heads of department, chief financial officers, hospital chief executive officers, district health officers and clinic managers,” Zuma explained.

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SA Government spends millions when it comes to skills development

The Department of Public Works has invested R32 million when it comes to the growth and development of vital skills intended for young people within the built environment sector.

Talking to the initial group of 100 students from the Northern Cape on their first day of the Northern Cape Artisan Development Programme at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA), Public Works Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu reminded those individuals gathered that: “It cost government R32 million to bring you into this programme.”


“The department can expect absolutely nothing less than achieving success from you. You will make or break this particular programme simply because our expectations rests on you to set the tempo for a lot of additional youngsters that will follow in your footsteps,” she explained.

Bogopane-Zulu at the same time emphasised that because of the Artisan Development Programme, her department was in fact performing favorably in order to make sure that government be successful with regard to its priorities of jobs creation and educational services by way of skills development.


The Northern Cape Artisan Development Programme happens to be an intake of 100 recognized students coming from the Northern Cape for the 18 months Artisan Development Programme which has been geared towards favorably making contributions to dealing with the challenges presented by the higher than average level of unemployment in South Africa, especially among the many youth consequently furnishing all of them with a chance to generate income in addition to obtaining technical skills that hopefully will boost their likelihood of employment, entrepreneurship as well as general development.


Following comprehensive deliberation with numerous stakeholders, the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) was recognized as the training provider for the programme that is designed to consist of 20 students within each one of the following learning areas: Boilermaking, Fitting and Turning, Mechanical, Electrical (in construction) and Welding.

The students will in addition go through a six-month theoretical training program and after that move forward to experiential training for a minimum of 12 months on learnership programme.


Contingent upon accessibility to financial resources, a number of additional learnerships will likely be performed in order to complete the four year artisan development programme.

Following on from the completion of the programme, NECSA is going to be the agent responsible for identifying at the very least 50 work place/ experiential learning opportunities.


The department is going to be given the task of determining additional 50 work placement for experiential learning.

Supplemental education and learning could possibly be identified which is to be offered at N4 level. This kind of training could possibly be carried out at the time of experiential learning and definitely will make it possible for students to leave together with complete artisan qualification.


The relevant skills development programme covers:

* Lodging and daily meals for 100 students
* National Skills Fund will take care of all education and learning associated expenses for instance such as training provider costs, assessment, moderation and certification
* Partial monthly payment of Learners allowances at R660 pp p/m for theoretical component.


Other expenses that will be taken care of by the National Department of Public Works include things like:

* Logistical fees for students screening and selection sessions
* Selection/promotional/ orientation resources
* Top up Stipends (R660 pp/ pm for theoretical component
* Learners allowance (R1200 pp/pm for the practical component)
* Transport expenditures during assessments
* Transportation fees back and forth to Pretoria

The education and learning programme is co-funded via the NDPW as well as the National Skills Fund (NSF) within the Northern Cape Department of Education. This kind of Artisan Development Programme will certainly make it possible for students to be able to leave equipped with full artisan qualifications and advanced practical skills.

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