In direct response to President Jacob Zuma's call for job creation, the mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mondli Gungubele committed his munici-pality to create 180 000 jobs in the next five years.
We've done our homework
“I can clearly pronounce that we have done our homework. We are confident that our plans will go a long way to benefit the people of Ekurhuleni in terms of job creation and the alleviation of poverty, but also in terms of improving the standard of living of our communities and the infrastructure of our city,” the mayor said.
As part of the municipality’s plans to achieve this, an application has been submitted to the Jobs Fund for projects worth more than R2,3 billion.
Gungubele said this would add to the number of work opportunities they hoped to create by a further 147 000 part-time jobs in fields such as construction and the performing arts.
Jobs will also be created in environmental management, especially in the area of illegal dumping; maintenance of closed landfills; grass cutting; rehabilitation of wetlands and refuse removal in informal settlements.
The construction of a transport system in the Daveyton central business district is another area in which jobs will become available.
Roads and potholes
A further 140 000 jobs will come from the maintenance of surfaced roads and repairing of potholes, while 2 000 are expected from the construction and upgrading of storm-water infrastructure in the region. In addition, the city also plans to make effective use of existing flagship projects to create jobs.
These include the development of the Digital City, which is expected to create about 3 000 jobs; the introduction of the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network, which should yield about 600 jobs; the Rehabilitation of Lakes and Dams Project and the Local Economic Development and Township Economies Project.