The City of Cape Town, through its employment support partners, has invested more than R1.1m in employment support in some of the city’s poorest areas over the past 18 months.
This is in accordance with the City’s Economic Growth Strategy which acknowledges the importance of skills for the economy.
“Investors and small businesses require a competent workforce in order to produce goods and provide services. It is therefore important to expand access to training opportunities in communities in the interests of accessibility. It is also vital to improve, coordinate and ultimately to integrate the existing labour market information and advice services for job seekers, which is fragmented, small-scale and uneven in quality. This is testament to our commitment to enabling opportunities and to making progress possible together,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.
The employment support programmes have been offered as part of the Cape Town Activa initiative. By partnering with the African Entrepreneurial Development Company, employment support programmes have been offered at 22 City libraries, including in Harare (Khayelitsha), Hanover Park, Philippi East, Moses Mabhida, Bellville South and Gugulethu.
Furthermore, in Atlantis, the City’s employment facilitation project with its partners Dreamworker Atlantis and the DG Murray Trust, has resulted in market-led real job opportunities for the unemployed of Atlantis. For the first 12 months until March 2014, 2,224 candidates were interviewed and 1,478 job seekers were registered on their database. Almost 74% of registered job seekers were youth.
Through this project, 716 permanent and temporary job placements have been secured – equal to 17,107 workdays and generating total wages estimated at R2.2m.
“Our return on investment is encouraging, with hundreds of job seekers who have managed to gain permanent and temporary employment through these initiatives. We will continue to step up our efforts to drive skills development, entrepreneurial support and job creation as a vital tool to achieve redress,” said Councillor Van Der Merwe.