The City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Cllr Parks Tau is expected to lead a Jozi@Work Registration Drive in Alexandra to register cooperatives and community based enterprises as legal entities on Monday, November 3.
This is part of the implementation of Jozi@Work – a programme officially launched by Mayor Tau on September 30th this year in Eldorado Park.
“My planned visit to Alexandra is to encourage the community in the township to register their cooperatives and community based companies as legal entities to enable them to partner with the City in enhancing the delivery of services in their own neighbourhoods,” Mayor Tau says.
“The visit is also for the community to give us, as the City of Johannesburg, feedback on the registration process that is currently underway in our seven regions,” he says.
So far, more than 7 000 people have been reached through Jozi@Work Awareness Roadshow ahead of its official launch, and just over 2000 new community based companies have been registered as legal entities.
“However, the unemployment problem in our communities is going to take far more than creating jobs to resolve. It requires that residents’ mindsets shift from being job seekers to job creators, and become active participants in the economy,” Mayor Tau says.
He added that the City’s citizens “must not be passive recipients of state planning and resource allocation”.
“Through Jozi@Work, the City wishes to empower both new and existing entrepreneurs. This is important as it is well articulated in the National Development Plan that the majority of new jobs will be created by small and medium enterprises,” Mayor Tau says.
Jozi@Work is set to contract over R1 billion-worth of City service work that includes Greening Services, ICT & Digital Services, Energy and Construction, as well as Maintenance & Repairs to community based enterprises in the current financial year.