According to the South African government on December 1st, in a progress report released on the 1st, President Ramaphosa introduced the current progress of the employment stimulus plan announced in mid-October and the basic work being done.
As part of South Africa’s economic reconstruction and recovery plan, the plan aims to cope with the rise in unemployment caused by the covid-19 pandemic. The goal is to create or support nearly 800,000 jobs within this fiscal year.
“This is achieved through unprecedented expansion of public and social employment, as well as by protecting existing employment opportunities in vulnerable sectors and supporting livelihoods and business opportunities.” Ramaphosa said in a statement. “The progress report shows that there have been more than 400,000 opportunities have been supported, and several projects are in the recruitment or beneficiary determination phase.” The rest of the plans are also completing their goals as planned.
Programs under way so far include the Ministry of Basic Education hiring 300,000 educational and general school assistants in schools across South Africa to provide important support for schools and provide valuable experience for unemployed youth. The National Arts Council and the National Film and Video Foundation call for support for the creative sector and the protection of cultural institutions. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Competition has expanded global business service incentives to create jobs for young people in the business process outsourcing sector.
The Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure expanded its public employment programs in water and energy efficiency, facility management, waste management, and rural bridge programs. The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has also expanded its public employment programs in natural resource management, environmental protection and infrastructure.
Ramaphosa said that the speed and scale of the implementation of the plan showed the South African government’s determination to take urgent action to support South Africa’s economic recovery. There are currently 11 state-level departments and all 9 provinces responsible for implementing the programs supported by the President’s Employment Stimulation Program.