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President Zuma says Infrastructure Push could Yield up to 100 000 Jobs
Source: Polity Daily News
Source Date: Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 05, 2011

The new regulations under the Preferential Procurement Act, which would come into effect in December, would increase government’s commitment to “buy locally manufactured goods in order to stimulate employment and production”.

There would also be a continued focus on the infrastructure development programme, which would be further enhanced by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission, which Zuma himself was chairing.

The commission, Zuma said, would seek to unblock obstacles to the delivery of infrastructure and short-term jobs.

The body, which was unveiled following the midyear Cabinet lekgotla, would be supported by a management committee, chaired by Rural Development and Land Reform MinisterGugile Nkwinti, as well as the secretariat.

Zuma said that emphasis was also being given to skills development and highlighted the “ground-breaking” Skills Accord, under which business and government committed to enrolling at least 30 000 artisan trainees over the next 12 months in training programmes.

“Business agreed to make at least 17 000 internship places available for young persons who need work experience as part of obtaining their formal qualifications,” Zuma added, while noting that government had also set a target of 3% of employment for internships.

“Organised labour committed to accept that such additional persons would be regarded as trainees and not as employees, and thus there would not be an expectation that they be employed and covered by collective agreements.”

 

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