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Tshwane turns to digital means to recruit 9 000 jobseekers

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As part of its latest recruitment drive, the City of Tshwane plans to use an electronic lottery system, it says in a statement.

The 9 000 work opportunities, which will be for a period of six months, form part of the city’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

The recruitment drive, launched by the city’s Department of Community and Social Development Services, is funded by the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme, according to the statement.

As part of the programme, Tshwane has been allocated R146.2 million by National Treasury to create 9 000 temporary work opportunities for a period of six months.

The Department of Community and Social Development Services will recruit applicants from the existing EPWP database that has 150 000 registered jobseekers, it states.

Luthando Kolwapi, spokesperson of MMC for community and social development services Peggy de Bruin, explains that to ensure the process is aligned with the department’s values of fairness and transparency, the city is implementing its lottery recruitment system.

“The system works independently without any influence by electronically selecting applicants from our EPWP database,” says Kolwapi. “Following selection, the process of contracting applicants is managed by the EPWP Division within the Community and Social Development Services Department.”

Driven by the Department of Public Works, EPWP is a government initiative that provides employment and income earning opportunities in the short- to medium-term. EPWP beneficiaries are employed by government, contractors or non-governmental organisations under the ministerial conditions of employment.

Tshwane executive mayor Randall Williams last year indicated the city’s plans to introduce an electronic lottery system to recruitworkers for its EPWP.

The move, said Williams at the time, aims to eliminate nepotism when engaging workers for the government employment programme.

According to Kolwapi, registration on the EPWP database remains open and jobseekers must be between the ages of 18 and 60, and should bring along a certified copy of their identity document and proof of residence, which must be attached to the registration form.

The registration forms are currently available at the EPWP Division, Office G03, Ou Raadsaal Building, Church Square, in the Pretoria CBD. Registration is open on Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 16:00.

“It is truly our hope that these employment opportunities will make a difference in the lives of the selected applicants,” Kolwapi concludes.

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