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For Jabulani Ngiba, Jozi@work may just offer the opportunity to recover after being retrenched some years back.

The 52 year old resident of Alexandra township says he, along with 16 other community members of the Zenzele Cooperative, is ready to roll up his sleeves and start working on the Jozi@work programme.

Ngiba was upbeat after listening to a presentation by Bongani Mabuse, Project Manager in the Mayor’s office, which outlined how community members could organize themselves to participate in the programme.

“If what the City says about transparency is anything to go by, I can’t see why this project won’t work. What I like is that we are told about it before it starts, not like in other instances where we hear about projects within our communities through radio and newspapers and it ends up benefiting the chosen few,” said Ngiba.

He said they had been waiting for an opportunity like this after being repeatedly sidelined by big companies that had secured tenders from government.

Mabuse emphasized the importance of community involvement in the programme.

“We are giving equal opportunities to you all to stand on the line and raise your hand and we will appoint you as a cooperative to do the job you are suitable to do. We will train you and pay you for what you have done. This turns job seekers into job makers. You will be your own boss so come together and start working.”

He added that the programme is open to everyone, even the elderly who are receiving old age pension, as long as they follow all processes and can still do the job.

“All you need is your green bar coded Identity document and proof of residential address.” He urged communities to assist and blow the whistle when they suspect fraud and corruption in this project.

According to Mabuse the Councilors are not allowed to take part in the programme.

He assured the community that there will be monitoring so that the programme doesn't compromise the City's work standards. Mabuse urged residents to listen to local radio stations, read local newspapers and attend Regional Forums where this project will be unpacked more, starting in September. "Prepare yourselves to be committed, prepare yourselves to make money with jozi@work”

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