The second progress report on implementation of the Presidential Employment Stimulus has been released.
President Ramaphosa announced the Presidential Employment Stimulus to a joint sitting of Parliament on 15 October 2020.
The Presidential Employment Stimulus, as part of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, is designed to pursue three objectives in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, 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.
In a statement, the presidency points out that eleven national departments and all nine provinces are responsible for the implementation of programmes supported via the employment stimulus.
Currently, more than 600,000 opportunities have been supported to date or are currently open for recruitment/applications.
The presidency highlighted the Employment Stimulus Relief Fund for Early Childhood Development designed to sustain and create employment opportunities in the sector in light of the high unemployment rate and job losses occasioned by the pandemic.
Applications are open until 19 February 2021.