Johannesburg - The DA in Gauteng has accused the provincial department e-Government of destroying the future of more than 30 interns who were promised jobs in their artificial intelligence unit following a government paid training in Germany.
DA spokesperson on finance and e-Government Adriana Randall said the provincial government spent R2.8 million to fly interns to Germany to learn about artificial intelligence (AI) but only a few of them managed to secure permanent jobs.
“The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng is shocked to learn that the department of e-Government spent millions of rand on training 45 interns. While offering internships is a step in the right direction, it is unacceptable that the department - after promising permanent employment - only retained 11,” Randall said.
She said the department by allegedly doing that was not seeing a return on their investment saying it should not have made promises they couldn’t follow through on.
Randall said the interns were employed as part of the artificial intelligence and robotics training programme which was run by the department along with Ntsumi Telecommunications, Liaport Africa and IBA Global Training.