The City of Tshwane’s Tshepo 10 000 programme aims to empower young people. It comprises skills development through entrepreneurship and financial literacy training and the formation of cooperatives.
The programme also provides procurement opportunities through the city’s supply chain management initiatives and mentorship to increase cooperatives’ survival rates and ensure sustainable job creation.
When the programme was launched in July 2013 the city received 52 000 applications from all seven regions in Tshwane, but only 10 000 people were selected.
According to the City of Tshwane mayoral spokesperson, Blessing Manale, the cooperatives that have been provided with technical work have created more than 2 662 contract jobs.
“The city has also provided 279 cooperatives with opportunities at a value of R247 809 696.71,” Manale said.
These opportunities include the supply of goods and the provision of technical work which includes cemetery maintenance, road markings, cleaning services in council buildings, grass cutting services, installing meters, painting and building renovations.