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DPWI Provides Update on Presidential Employment Stimulus

November 18, 2020

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure

The Presidential Employment Stimulus sets out to create and support 800 000 job opportunities with R12,6 billion committed in the current financial year.

The public works and infrastructure department confirmed this in a statement on progress on the mass public employment programmes.

According to the public works and infrastructure minister, Patricia de Lille, the stimulus programme also includes an investment of R100 billion over the next three years to support the recovery of employment.

The Presidential Employment Stimulus is designed to pursue three objectives, namely, expanding public and social employment and creating new opportunities for work; protecting existing jobs and livelihoods and supporting a recovery in employment via market-based mechanisms such as funding for the creative sector and incentives for global business services.

The minister pointed out that, following the provisional allocation of R19.6 billion in the June 2020 Supplementary Budget to kick-start implementation of the Presidential Employment Stimulus, the Project Management Office in the Presidency undertook an intensive process of engagement to “facilitate the submission of budget proposals and implementation plans for the various components of the employment stimulus”.

“Currently, a total of R12.6 billion has been allocated to 11 departments to provide support 800,000 unique beneficiaries through employment opportunities and livelihood support.”

The minister confirmed that the R12.6 billion was allocated from the R19.6 billion with the remainder being allocated to support the extension of the R350 per month COVID 19 relief grant for a further three months till the end of January 2021.

The recruitment progress achieved to date includes recruitment underway for 300,000 teaching and general school assistants with an investment of R7 billion from government; various programmes to provide job opportunities for unemployed graduates, such as in water and energy efficiency, the Welisizwe Rural Bridges Programme, facilities management, waste management and real estate management; more than 100,000 early childhood practitioners with an investment of R588.7 million from government to be assisted for income support, job retention and registration support programmes; the Special COVID-19 Subsistence Producer Relief Fund for small-scale farmers underway to retain self-employment and support food value chains in the form of a production input voucher; programme to support the creative, cultural and sport sectors underway through an open call by the National Arts Council and the National Film and Video Foundation – to provide opportunities to more than 34,000 people with an investment of R665 million from government.