Unemployed Gauteng residents urged to apply for UIF jobs programme.

Unemployed Gauteng residents were urged to apply for the UIF jobs programme. Image: X/@GautengProvince

Gauteng residents encouraged to apply for UIF jobs programme

The UIF launched the 23 point R8 billion rand project earlier this month, with the first leg of applications kicking off in Gauteng.

Unemployed Gauteng residents urged to apply for UIF jobs programme.

Unemployed Gauteng residents were urged to apply for the UIF jobs programme. Image: X/@GautengProvince

The UIF initiated the R8 billion project of 23 points earlier this month, and applications for the first phase started in Gauteng on Saturday.

UIF’s labour activation programme

The Gauteng government is encouraging unemployed individuals in the province to visit their nearest schools to apply for the UIF’s labour activation program.

The UIF initiated the R23.8 billion project earlier this month, with the first round of applications starting in Gauteng on Saturday.

According to Eyewitness News, this is a step by the Labor and Employment Department to boost job opportunities in the country, given the high number of unemployed youth.

Gauteng residents are required to bring their ID to nearby schools to apply for various job opportunities in different provincial departments.

The labour activation program aims to hire nearly half a million individuals in Gauteng for six months to three years.

The initiative will be gradually implemented nationwide in the following month.

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi ensures that these job openings are available to all unemployed residents of the province, not just those under 35 years old.

Labour activation programme creating job opportunities in Gauteng

The Department of Employment and Labour and the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will collaborate with private businesses, SETAs, and NGOs to generate numerous job opportunities for Gauteng residents.

According to Bizcommunity, At the launch of labour activation programs for Gauteng on Saturday, Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi announced that R8.4 billion has been allocated to implement 105 labour activation programs across 22 sectors.

These sectors include agriculture, services, IT, construction, engineering, wholesale and retail, safety and security, hospitality, social services, textiles, and transport in Gauteng.

The Gauteng launch is part of an R23.8 billion national job creation plan to create over 700,000 employment opportunities nationwide.

These opportunities will be available for durations ranging from 12 to 36 months.

Nxesi emphasised the importance of welcoming all efforts to combat rising unemployment in South Africa.

“It is very important that we respond to the challenge of unemployment, and plan together to implement strategies to mitigate it on an ongoing basis. We believe that government, working together with all stakeholders, has a major role to play in mitigating unemployment, and creating and preserving jobs,” said the Minister.

Nxesi emphasized that significant economic growth and development must address the country’s unemployment challenge.

The launch event saw attendance from beneficiaries of the labour activation programme, project owners, provincial government MECs, and senior government officials.

Launches of labour activation programmes for other provinces are scheduled to take place as follows:

  • KwaZulu-Natal, 16 April 2024
  • Western Cape, 17 April 2024
  • Eastern Cape, 19 April 2024
  • Free State, 22 April 2024
  • North West, 23 April 2024
  • Mpumalanga, 24 April 2024
  • Limpopo, 30 April 2024
  • Northern Cape, 9 May 2024.