Billions More To Be Spent On Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme
President Cyril Ramaphosa presented the presidential employment stimulus budget on Wednesday. Here, he revealed that over 500 000 people have directly benefited from the program since its launch eight months ago and that billions will now be allocated so that the programme can continue.
As of March 2021, The Presidential Employment Stimulus boasts a total of 422 786 jobs created including those that had been retained which translates to a total of 532 180 people that have directly benefited from it.
During his Budget presentation, President Ramaphosa said that a further R11 billion would be added to the Presidential Employment Stimulus to ensure its continuation.
During a media briefing on the outcomes of the recent Cabinet meeting, Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said a further 161 972 job opportunities are still being processed as part of Phase 1 of the employment stimulus, bringing the total number of opportunities supported to 694 152.
Cabinet welcomed the progress report on the implementation of the Presidential Employment Stimulus, which aims to create new jobs, provide support for livelihoods and protect existing jobs in vulnerable sectors.
- Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
The programme was launched in October 2020 by President Cyril Ramaphosa as a means to combat the negative effects brought about by the Covid-19 on the country's economy, particularly unemployment. The Presidential Employment Stimulus was aimed to create or support 800 000 within the financial year between 2020 and 2021.
The initial progress report to the progress made by the stimulus package indicated that all this was
"Being archived through the expansion of public and social employment, as well as through the protection of existing jobs in vulnerable sectors and support for livelihood and enterprise opportunities," read an official statement released by the Presidency at the time.
The departments that benefited from the 400 000 initial opportunities that came from the Presidential Employment Stimulus were the following:
- The Department of Basic Education commenced employment of 300,000 education and general school assistants at schools across South Africa, providing crucial support for schools as well as valuable experience for unemployed young people.
- The National Arts Council and the National Film and Video Foundation released calls for proposals to support the creative sector and protect jobs in cultural institutions.
- The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition expanded the Global Business Services incentive to enable job creation for young people in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector.
- The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure expanded its public employment programmes in water and energy efficiency, facilities management, waste management, and the Welisizwe Rural Bridges programme.
- The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has expanded its public employment programmes in natural resource management, environmental protection and infrastructure.
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