Millions Allocated To Increase Job Creation In South Africa

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One of the most challenging issues faced in South Africa is the rising rate of youth unemployment. The recent public works and infrastructure programmes have contributed significantly to job creation and youth employment.


In 2020, government initiated The Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) in order to address crises of poverty and unemployment as well as the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the livelihoods of many South Africans, especially the most vulnerable.

The employment stimulus aims to use direct public investment to support job creation and specifically youth unemployment.

In a statement the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) highlighted it’s contribution to the programme.

“Young people who have a major role to play in building South Africa back better, must be provided with the skills and work experience so that they are better equipped for the job market” says Public Works and Infrastructure Minister, Patricia de Lille

The Department was granted an amount of just over R158.8 million to participate in job creation under the PESP.

De Lille said the funding was for 1 560 participants in the 2020/21 financial year effective from 1 November 2020 – 31 March 2022 and the aim of the programme was to equip beneficiaries with experience and skills to strengthen their employability opportunities.

A total number of 1 886 beneficiaries participated in DPWI PESP programme of which 1 113 were females and 773 were males.

Some of the public works programmes that were completed included:

  • Water and Energy Efficiency Facilities Management work: energy and water audits were conducted at 15 facilities 
  • Water and Sanitation Facilities: 17 water treatment plants operated and maintained
  • The Welisizwe Rural Bridges Programme: 350 sites identified for technical assessments and 400 desk top assessments conducted while 12 rural bridges were completed. 
  • Facilities Management: Conditions assessments were conducted on 113 state facilities and 53 technical maintenance tasks completed.
  • Real Estate Management: 698 rates verification of client’s accounts and 177 immovable assets updated on the register 
  • In house construction projects: 8 feasibility studies conducted, 3 sketch plans developed, 56 site visits conducted
  • Public Private Collaborations: 35 water treatment plants operated and maintained

The department says that the recruitment process was aligned with the District Development Model and recruitment was decentralized to Regional Offices and the opportunities were advertised nationwide.  

“The DPWI unemployed database skills for infrastructure was utilized to source additional beneficiaries where required.”

    The department was able to employ graduates in various projects in the department as part of the PESP and during the period, 78 beneficiaries were absorbed into the labour market.



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