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Jozi@Work packages worth millions up for grabs


More and more Johannesburg co-operatives and micro township businesses are being empowered under the City of Johannesburg’s multibillion-rand Jozi@Work programme.

This week, two of the City’s entities – Johannesburg Water and Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo – announced several work packages running into several millions of rand at four separate briefing sessions or regional forums in Cosmo City, Roodepoort, Discovery and Bramfischerville, all in Region C, over two days.

The work packages included:

Labelling, cleaning, painting and maintenance of up to 300 chambers;
Grass cutting and horticultural maintenance at Florida Lake Park;
Reinstatement and repairing of paving and kerbs moved or damaged during repairs to the water network in the region;
Maintenance of water and sewer systems and the supply and installation of standpipes in 11 informal settlements across the region;
Manual grave digging and horticultural maintenance at the New Roodepoort Cemetery and in Panorama; and
Maintenance of 10 flagship parks in Cosmo City and Zandspruit. The work includes grass cutting, daily maintenance of flower beds and litter picking.
The projects range in value from R60 000 to R3-million.

Speaking at one of the briefing sessions, Johannesburg Water Depot Manager Koos Beukes said the whole objective of Jozi@Work was to give small companies and co-operatives in Johannesburg the opportunity to partner with the City in carrying out its service delivery programmes instead of paying big and established companies to do the work.

“All we need are people with a bit of technical or handyman skills who are willing to do the work,” said Beukes.

Puleng Ditabe, Regional Manager of Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo, said commitment was needed at all times.

“We need people who are serious about work. That is why we will not take kindly to shoddy work. We will need people to work even during the festive season. This is really a great opportunity for start-ups,” said Ditabe.

Stephen Nhlapo of Zandspruit welcomed the new work packages. He said he once worked on a Jozi@Work project for 14 days.

“While we are grateful for the work, the projects are too short. We need longer contracts, better value of projects to truly empower the people,” he said.

Vanessa Maake of Cosmo City and a member of the Tirisano Badiri Co-operative echoed Nhlapo’s sentiments.

“We are grateful for the work. We gained a lot of experience and were groomed for future projects. But the contracts are way too short. The City should expand them for two to five years,” she said.

Yolande Janse van Rensburg, Assistant Director in the Citizen Relations Urban Management (CRUM) Department in Region C, said all expressions of interest forms, copies of IDs of all company directors or co-operative members and proofs of residence must be submitted to Office No 425N, 4th Floor, Roodepoort Civic Centre, 100 Christiaan de Wet Road, Florida Park, by 4pm on Monday September 19.

Those with queries should call (011) 761-0423.