The tourism and hospitality sector is one of those most likely to see job creation, with central Cape Town set to open several new hotels in the near future.
For the pilot programme, 20 young people will be selected from those that participated in the City’s Youth Development Programme. FEDHASA Cape will provide the 12-month placements, and the City will contribute a monthly stipend from the Expanded Public Works Programme.
Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little, says the City has been working for several years to build job creation partnerships with the private sector. “The success of this project will guide us on where we take our Expanded Public Works Programme in the future. There have already been discussions about tapping into other industries with similar projects if this proves successful,” she says.
“Not only will it mean more opportunities for more job seekers, but it will also improve the chances of converting short-term work opportunities into more long-term prospects and therefore improve the income potential of families in our city who need it the most.”