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With information-sharing sessions already done and dusted in many areas of the City, the Jozi@Work juggernaut has shifted into top gear.

The unprecedented R1,1 billion mass co-production, empowerment and job-creation initiative has rolled into another critical phase – the registration of cooperatives and small community based businesses seeking to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available in the City’s service delivery space.

Under this dispensation, the first of its kind in South Africa’s local government arena, ordinary Johannesburg residents will be able to partner with the city to provide a variety of services, including refuse removal and street cleaning, landscaping, repairs and maintenance, construction and grass-cutting, among other things.

The unique project, initiated by City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Parks Tau to boast the delivery of city services while alsoaddressing poverty, unemployment and inequality, has attracted more than 7 000 residents since its rollout began a few weeks ago. It is expected to grow in monetary terms from R1,1 billion in the 2014-2015 financial year to R3 billion in the 2016-2017 financial year.

In Region C – which covers areas such as Dobsonville, Braamfischerville, Roodepoort, Cosmo City and Zandspruit – a number of Jozi@Work events have been lined up to brief residents on the registration process over the next few weeks.

The latest briefing session will be held over two days – on Monday, October 13, and Tuesday, October 14, – at the Roodepoort Civic Centre.

The next session will be held over three days at the Cosmo City Multipurpose Community Hall in Cosmo City, northern Johannesburg – from Wednesday, October 14 to Friday, October 16.

After a four-week break, the Jozi@Work train will move to Doornkop Hall in Thulani, north of Braamfischerville.

Yolande Janse van Rensburg, Assistant Director of Citizenship Relationship Management in Region C, says interest in previous sessions staged in the region had been “absolutely great”.
“With Jozi@Work fever sweeping across the city, I expect all the planned events to be well-attended,” she said.

Click here for the briefing and submission dates, including venues.