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The recently launched jobs fair by the Department of Labour’s Public Employment Services branch has begun to pay dividends, with officials saying they are receiving requests from employers for the job-matching of candidates from the database.
The requests have been from employers in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, where the events were held.
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant made a commitment that her department would “contribute to the creation of decent employment through economic growth” and to respond to the strategic priorities of the government through an increased focus on decent work.
“The department will enhance its inspection and enforcement services to monitor and enforce compliance with legislation.”
Dolly Mlaba, deputy director of Public Employment Services in KwaZulu-Natal, said the provincial Department of Social Development had responded to the campaign by indicating that it sought to engage 737 contract workers.
In the Eastern Cape, Mercedes-Benz SA’s East London plant has embarked on a recruitment and training drive through adverts.
The adverts will give 800 applicants an opportunity to receive skills training for two months. In addition, Mercedes-Benz has entered into a partnership with the Department of Labour to select candidates from its database of job-seekers.
Mzwandile Yekela, assistant director of Public Employment Services in the Eastern Cape, said more employers were seeking to recruit through the system. “Considering that the campaign only started a few weeks ago, more good times seem to be in the offing,” he said.
The jobs fair is a sequel to the 2010/11 Presidential Job Summit, at which the minister was tasked to organise a job summit with labour federations.
“The campaign is targeted at the unemployed youth who dropped out of school, unemployed youth workers who are underemployed, as well as retrenched workers,’’ Oliphant said.