The Gauteng Provincial Government has taken a major step in addressing the chronic unemployment plaguing its townships, informal settlements, and hostels. Premier Panyaza Lesufi of Gauteng tackles unemployment through the launch of a comprehensive program that aims to provide training and a monthly stipend to almost half a million unemployed individuals. This ambitious initiative demonstrates the government’s commitment to creating pathways to economic self-reliance for its citizens.

    Gauteng Tackles Unemployment Through Training

    The program is designed to directly impact the lives of those who have been excluded from the formal job market. By providing skills training in relevant fields, participants will gain the necessary tools to compete for available job opportunities. Furthermore, the monthly stipend of R3500 will alleviate financial pressure during the 12 to 36-month training period. Crucially, the programme extends beyond skills development by offering job readiness support, further enhancing individuals’ chances of successfully securing employment.

    Premier’s Call to Action

    Premier Lesufi is adamant that this initiative is not simply a handout but rather an investment in the future of Gauteng’s people. The Premier’s words, “Less talk, more work!”, underscore a determination to move beyond rhetoric and deliver tangible results.

    The Gauteng Provincial Government will be hosting a media briefing on the 6th of April 2024 at the Nasrec Expo Centre on the iCrush ne Lova Jobs and Skills Programme, a joint mass skills training programme between the provincial government, the Department of Employment and Labour, and the Unemployment Insurance Fund. It will be an anticipated event for many unemployed people across the province as they await the details about how to access these lucrative training opportunities.

    Related: 1,200 Unemployed Youth Trained as Disaster Care Workers by Gauteng Premier.

    Conclusion

    The Gauteng government’s program offers a much-needed lifeline in the fight against unemployment. While challenges remain, this initiative’s combination of skills development, financial support, and job readiness assistance presents a promising model for addressing the complex issue of unemployment in the province. Further details on eligibility and the application process are expected soon.

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