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Minister pledges to create six million work opportunities

PRETORIA: Public Works Minister Thembelani "Thulas" Nxesi has singled out the creation of six million work opportunities for poor and unemployed people as one of his five key priority areas in the next five years.
The minister said this will be done through the labour-intensive delivery of public services and infrastructure.

"Public employment programmes must facilitate community participation, and provide tangible benefits to communities, the society and economy.

"We provide a stipend to unemployed people but the programmes deliver much more to individual participants and to their communities," said the minister, while delivering his Budget Vote Speech, in Parliament on Wednesday, 16 July 2014.

Nxesi said his department will also focus on its anti-corruption efforts, and leading the second phase of the turnaround strategy for improved performance.

"This also means working with Human Resource and Change Management to promote a committed performance driven work culture," he said.

Minister Nxesi said another priority area will be undertaking a policy review process, which will culminate in the department clarify its mandate. This, the minister said, will provide a solid foundation for the third phase of the turnaround strategy.

Changing the built environment

Public Works will also focus on a renewed programme of action to transform the built environment industry.

"This must include support for black and female contractors and property practitioners; as well as the production of black professionals and artisans in the built environment disciplines. We cannot be complacent that only 24% of built environment professionals are black.

"I have now started a process of consultation with stakeholders to accelerate the pace of transformation in the built environment sectors," he said.

Minister Nxesi said the department's R6.121 billion budget consisting of:
  • R1.17 million for programme 1 (Administration)
  • R2.86 million for programme 2 (Immovable Asset Management)
  • R1.95 million for programme 3 (Expanded Public Works Programme)
  • R41 million for programme 4 (Property and Construction Industry Policy Regulation) and
  • R92 million for programme 5 (Auxiliary and Associated Services).

  • SOURCE is a South African government news service, published by the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). (formerly BuaNews) was established to provide quick and easy access to articles and feature stories aimed at keeping the public informed about the implementation of government mandates.
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    Desiray Viney
    This is wonderful to hear, but where do I go to participate in this civic- and social- upliftment project?I have yet to hear from the many, many organisations I've approached to offer my skills. knowledge and experience in the field of skills development and training, as well as change management and strategy.It's all very well government's issuing statements like this but it's the ACTION that counts.
    Posted on 22 Jul 2014 12:46