Programme aims to create 3.7m jobs

2013-02-27 14:37 - Sapa
Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan. ~ SAPA

Parliament - Government is aiming to create 3.7 million jobs in the next phase of its Expanded Public Works Programme.

Two million of these will be full-time jobs, according to targets set out in the 2013 Estimates of National Expenditure, tabled by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday.

The programme would continue to be allocated more resources to speed up the state's involvement in creating work for the country's unskilled and unemployed.

For the upcoming financial year (2013/14), a target had been set to reach 1.2 million jobless South Africans.

According to the document, the new phase of the project will focus on "non-state sectors" such as public bodies and non-governmental organisations.

"The department (of public works) has re-prioritised R248m over the MTEF (medium-term expenditure framework) period from transfers to provinces and municipalities to... the non-state sector as follows: R80.2m in 2013/14, R87.7m in 2014/15, and R79.7m in 2015/16."

The bulk of the money will be spent compensating those participating in the programme, and acquiring related goods and services.

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