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Gillooly’s Interchange, Gauteng – Photo: Facebook / City of Ekurhuleni

Gauteng officials to create ‘more new jobs’ in face of global crisis

As the world combats a crisis, the Gauteng government have revealed their plans to mitigate the impact of an economic meltdown – by creating more jobs.

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Gillooly’s Interchange, Gauteng – Photo: Facebook / City of Ekurhuleni

During an address on Thursday, the Gauteng Provincial Government have acknowledged the stern test that lockdown and ‘the disease that shall not be named’ will bring to the region. However, there’s still a plan to lead the locals from darkness and towards the light – the potential to create new jobs in the face of a global health crisis is, surprisingly, quite positive.

Jobs at the forefront of economic recovery in Gauteng

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has revealed that testing has been escalated across the province, and all hospitals and clinics have enough personal protective equipment in stock for the time being.

There’s no need to drop round for lunch at Mduduzi Manana’s place, it seems. Despite the overwhelming fear of our current situation, Makhura was focused on the future – and it’s one where employment plays a key role:

“This disease will have a devastating impact on the global and local economy. We are working to mitigate the negative impacts of this. Therefore, this means that new economic opportunities can be created.”

“We are aiming to make more resources available for our workers. At this point, we’d also like to express our appreciation to the millions of people in Gauteng who have adhered to the regulations of the lockdown.”

Statement from the Gauteng government

Health, IT and supply chain workers needed

Elaborating further, it has been stated that crisis can sometimes bring opportunity. Makhura and his colleagues revealed that there will be a number of industries that will require new staff members…

  • Gauteng will need to create more jobs for “health professionals”.
  • Sectors which supply goods and equipment to our medical industry will also see “an increased demand for workers”.
  • Public health sector departments need to upgrade their information systems. Medical files, for example, must be digitised in order to create a centralised database. This will require more IT positions.
  • As well as the unemployed, out-of-work graduates and school leavers with little qualifications will be trained to build a “human capital base” for the health system – creating a larger pool of positions for jobless citizens.