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The Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme funded the community and Social Development Service Department to launch a recruitment drive for job opportunities. Luthando Kolwapi, spokesperson of MMC (Members of the Mayoral Committee) for community and social development services Peggy de Bruin revealed that as part of the programme, City of Tshwane was granted R146 215 000 by the National Treasury to create 9000 job opportunities for a period of six months.

She stated that they planned to hire from the 150 000 registered job seekers in the Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP) database. “The system works independently without any influence by electronically selecting applicants from our EPWP database,” says Kolwapi. “Following selection, the process of contracting applicants is managed by the EPWP Division within the Community and Social Development Services Department.” Said De Bruin.

To register on the database, job seekers should bring along a certified copy of their identity document and proof of resident which will be attached to the registration form, Job searchers must be between the age of 18 and 60. The registration forms are currently available at the EPWP Division, Office G03, Ou Raadsaal Building, Church Square, in the Pretoria CBD.

Registration is open on Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 16:00.Last year, Tshwane executive mayor Randall Williams announced the city’s intention to use an automated lottery mechanism to hire personnel for the EPWP. According to Williams at the time, the action tries to avoid nepotism when hiring workers for the government’s job program. “It is truly our hope that these employment opportunities will make a difference in the lives of the selected applicants,” Kolwapi concludes.

Byline: Palesa Maneli

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