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delilleEngineering News reports that various government departments have commenced with the roll-out of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan to protect and create jobs as part of his emergency relief package that has been mobilised in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) Minister Patricia de Lille reported that the Department of Basic Education was in the process of recruiting 300,000 teaching and general school assistants with an investment of R7-billion from government.  These funds will also protect 44,933 vulnerable teaching posts in fee-paying schools that have experienced a loss of income.  The DPWI has also commenced with various programmes to provide job opportunities for unemployed graduates, such as in the sectors of water and energy efficiency, the Welisizwe Rural Bridges Programme, facilities management, waste management and real estate management.  The Department of Social Development plans to support more than 100,000 early childhood development practitioners with an investment of R588.7-million from government for income support, job retention and registration support programmes.  “In addition, the reappointment of 994 social workers is on track and a further 815 unemployed social workers are being recruited from existing databases,” said De Lille.  Other initiatives are underway in the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development; the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries; the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture; the Department of Cooperative Governance; and the Department of Trade and Industry.

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