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PanyazaLesufiNews24 reports that Nasi iSpani, which translates to 'here is a job' in isiZulu, is a mass youth employment programme, which is being driven by Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi.

But now, more than 300 young people employed by the programme at the province's Department of Social Development have not been paid since they began working in February. Recruits said their hope to provide for themselves had been shattered. Some spoke of being evicted from their homes after not being able to pay rent and others could not graduate from university because they were unable to settle outstanding fees. The participants were appointed on a 10-month fixed-term contract, according to the job advert. The advertisement was for 311 jobs, with annual salaries ranging between R166,869 and R424,104. All 311 are part of a WhatsApp group, and all said they have not been paid a cent. "Some officials told us we will probably only get paid after the elections. We hear different stories, and some say that the system has not yet captured us as employees. We were also called into a meeting on Monday, where an official told us she was not supposed to tell us, but there was no budget for our salaries," some of the recruits said. Department spokesperson Themba Gadebe confirmed that all 311 Nasi iSpani employees had not been paid, however, he did not respond to a specific question about whether their salaries had been budgeted for. He also could not say what was causing the delay in processing the payments.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Belinda Pheto at News24


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