15 October 2020
PARLIAMENT – As South Africa emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa said his government has committed R100 billion over the next three years to create jobs through public and social employment as the labour market recovers.
“This starts now, with over 800,000 employment opportunities created in the months ahead.
The employment stimulus is focused on those interventions that can be rolled out most quickly and have the greatest impact on economic recovery,” Ramaphosa
He said at the heart of the employment stimulus is a new, innovative approach to public employment which harnesses the energies and capabilities of the wider society.
“It uses the considerable creativity, initiative and institutional resources that exist in our society to respond to local community priorities. We are going to create 300,000 opportunities for young people to be engaged as education and school assistants at schools throughout the country, to help teachers with basic and routine work so that more time is spent on teaching and enabling learners to catch up from time lost because of Covid-19,” said Ramaphosa.
He said more than 60,000 jobs will be created for labour-intensive maintenance and construction of municipal infrastructure and rural roads.
“To support our healthcare system an additional 6,000 community health workers and nursing assistants will be deployed as we proceed with the implementation of National Health Insurance. Public employment will be expanded at the provincial and city level, contributing to cleaner, greener and safer public spaces and improved maintenance of facilities,” said Ramaphosa.
“In all of these programmes, we will ensure that recruitment is fair, open and transparent, and that opportunities are advertised widely. To assist young people who are unemployed to access these and other opportunities, we will soon launch the national Pathway Management Network as a platform for recruitment and other forms of support.”
He said the employment stimulus also includes direct support for livelihoods and the protection of jobs in vulnerable sectors.
“Support is being provided to more than 100,000 early childhood development practitioners and to 75,000 small-scale farmers whose production was disrupted by the pandemic. Grant-making programmes are being expanded in the creative, cultural and sports sector, and funding has been allocated to protect jobs in cultural institutions such as museums and theatres,” he said.
More than 40,000 vulnerable teaching posts are being secured in schools which have lost income from fees.
The implementation of the employment stimulus has already commenced.
“Each of these work opportunities is fully funded and ready for implementation. The speed and urgency with which we are expanding employment programmes demonstrates our commitment to support those who are without work,” said Ramaphosa.
As these and other recovery measures are being rolled out, Ramaphosa said South Africans should do everything in their means to provide support to those in society who continue to face hunger and distress.