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Over 3 530 jobs created in Nelson Mandela Bay in 2016/17 says Trollip

Nov 27, 2017
Over 3 530 jobs created in Nelson Mandela Bay in 2016/17 says Trollip

The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has created 3 533 job opportunities since the beginning of the 2016/17 financial year, with over R10 million spent on wages, training and equipment, says Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip.

"Despite a sluggish economy and slashed Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWPgrant funding, this coalition government has already doubled the number of EPWP jobs created by our predecessors.

"Even though the previous administration’s poor performance resulted in grant funding cuts for this coalition government, we still continue to make progress," he describes.

"This government is serious about ensuring that every cent of grant funding allocated for job creation is spent. Thus, for the first time the Municipality has employed the services of a Director in the EPWP unit."

Trollip says that in both the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years, we are aiming to have created a total of over 8000 job opportunities.

"While these opportunities are for fixed periods of time, the money earned during this time is often the difference between a young child going to school hungry or not.

"Upon taking office, we ensured that EPWP was formally placed in the Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture Directorate, under the stewardship of Mayoral Committee Member, Cllr Andrew Whitfield," he adds.

"From the outset, the main identified issue was the substandard performance of directorates against EPWP targets. As such, workshops were arranged between the Department of Public Works, the Metro EDTA unit and various Metro Directorates."

According to the Mayor, the EPWP policy is strictly adhered to, ensuring fairness for all, so that if irregularities exist, they are immediately identified and resolved.

"Any councillor or staff member found to be involved in irregular EPWP activities will be dismissed and handed over to the South African Police Service for criminal prosecution.

"This government is serious about improving the lives of those residents who struggle to access opportunities. By promoting skills transfer and creating a database of job seekers, we are also improving the chances of access to permanent opportunities," he explains.

"Under this government, Nelson Mandela Bay is becoming an opportunity city, and it is just the beginning."