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Thursday, 11 October 2018

For Immediate Release

 

With the recent Job Summit held at the beginning of October at the Gallagher Convention Centre, emphasis was drawn on the job crisis which has crippled our youth and economy.  According to Statistics South Africa, unemployment is at a staggering 27.2 percent in the second quarter, and is steadily rising while graduates year in and out, grapple with finding jobs.

The Job Summit, themed “United we can create jobs”, aimed to umbrella influential stakeholders, including Corporate South Africa, government departments and labour in a bid to create collaborative measures in alleviating the unemployment crisis in the country.  The summit sought to encourage organisations to assist the youth by providing them with skills, exposure to the job environment, while gaining valued experience and ultimately sustainable employment.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), through a programme championed by the City of Johannesburg and in agreement with ‘EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative’, has acquired a total of 10 graduates into its organisation.

The interns who hail from various tertiary institutions have been strategically assigned to JCPZ departments where each will be exposed to day to day activities in the work place, be afforded opportunities to gain hands-on experience from their respective mentors, carefully guided developmental assignments ranging from report writing, administrative work, customer care and conceptualization of tasks from inception to completion.

JCPZ’s Business Enterprise Development (BED) and Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) department’s mandate is to create short term jobs for the unemployed youth within local communities.  The implementation of labour-intensive methods enables SMME’s and cooperatives the opportunity to grow and development technically, gain business and financial acumen and managerial skills. The company’s enterprise development unit appointed 19 start-up business for 36 months in May 2017. The BED department has created 2219 short-term job opportunities in the Financial Year 2018-19.

In September 2011, City Parks and Zoo scooped the Green Collar Training Award and AgriSETA National Excellence Award in recognition of our efforts in skills development and job creation, especially among the youth.

But efforts go further than only employing people in short-term, labour-intensive projects. Through its apprenticeship programme, City Parks and Zoo has over time, built a base of local entrepreneurs, who eventually become contractors to the company.

“As City Parks and Zoo, we have heeded the call to play our role in preparing the youth to be work ready and in the interim, capacitating them with the necessary skills and confidence in search of employment,” stated Bryne Maduka, Managing Director for JCPZ.

Interested graduates may visit www.talentplacement which will take them directly to the ProservSA portal to create and upload their CV’s or alternatively follow ProservSA on Facebook with updates of available programmes.

Issued on behalf of

MMC Nonhlanhla Sifumba

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development

City of Johannesburg

For Media Enquiries

Noeleen Mattera

Stakeholder, PR & Media Relations

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

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