More than 140 000 jobs created in Gauteng

Johannesburg – A total of 140 868 jobs were created in Gauteng against the annual target of 227 521, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Friday.

“These jobs were created across the 12 Action Plans by the end of September 2011. This is encouraging,” said Mokonyane.

The Gauteng Provincial Government reported that of these jobs, 3 668 were permanent against the annual target of 26 140, while 33 064 were temporary jobs against the annual target of 58 001 and 104 136 were from Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) against the annual target of 143 380.

“Our commitment to the promise of decent employment through economic growth is still as strong as ever,” she said, adding that 464 people were trained in sector skills including through the following projects: Ford T6, Ford Incubator, Talent Pipeline, Taxi LPG, Bodyshop mentorship, and Tirisano.
In addition, the provincial government continues to support the Small, Medium, and Macro Enterprises (SMMEs).

“Five micro-finance loans were approved in the second quarter. Additionally, seven co-operatives were assisted with financial support and non-financial support was provided to 282 already existing cooperatives,” Mokonyane added.

By Nozipho Dlamini, BuaNews

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