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nxesiThe Star reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) embarked on a groundbreaking Labour Activation Programme for the Western Cape at the Northlink College Campus Hall, in Bellville, on Wednesday last week.

Minister Thulas Nxesi explained that the inauguration was a component of a nationwide initiative aimed at generating over 700,000 job opportunities across the country. A sum of R23.8 billion has been earmarked for its execution by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). The opportunities will run between 12 and 36 months and the job prospects will arise from various sectors, including agriculture, hospitality, education, telecommunication, insurance, safety and security, transport, customer services and manufacturing. “These opportunities will materialise through partnerships with private enterprises, SETAs, TVET colleges and non-governmental organisations, among others. The inception of the Labour Activation Programme stemmed from the economic downturn of 2008,” the minister indicated. He added that the initiative would minimise job losses through collaborative efforts with partners at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). “The UIF has a monitoring framework accountable to its board, which, along with board members, will conduct quarterly visits to these projects. Furthermore, these projects will be included in the Director-General's monthly strategic reporting,” Nxesi pointed out. He added that these projects were not an electioneering stunt or linked to the Thuja Capital matter.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nobukhosi Tshabalala at The Star


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