Jozi@Work is in full swing and going from strength to strength.
In three of the City of Johannesburg’s regions last week, various municipal-owned entities and departments used the unique mass empowerment and job-creation platform to offer co-operatives and small township businesses work packages running into millions of rands in an ongoing and sustained bid to open up business opportunities for the poor in the city, and reduce poverty, unemployment and inequality.
The work packages were presented during a series of briefing sessions in the City’s regions E, B and C. The packages included:
- The construction of a retention wall on behalf of the Johannesburg Social Housing Company (JOSHCO) at the Fleurhof housing development in Region C at a cost of R970 242;
- Washing of a total of 210 City vehicles – including passenger and light delivery cars and trucks – a month on behalf of the Corporate and Shared Services Department, also in Region C;
- Sanitisation, lubrication, repairs and inspection of waste management company Pikitup’s vehicles in both regions C and F;
- Construction of manholes, detection and exposure of underground services, laying of cable sleeves and concrete blocking for sidewalks at the Sandton Loop in Region E, part of the Rea Vaya Phase 1C project, on behalf of the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA);
- Cleaning up of the Jukskei informal settlement, commonly known as Setjwetla, near Alexandra, to minimise water pollution on behalf of the Environment and Infrastructure Services Department; and
- Repairs to and maintenance of Joubert Park Clinic in the Johannesburg inner city. This included the painting of the healthcare facility’s ceilings, walls, doors and windows.
The work packages are expected to create several dozens of short-term jobs and capacitate owners of small township businesses and members of co-operatives registered under the Jozi@Work Programme.
The City has this financial year budgeted R3-billion to give community-based businesses and co-operatives the opportunity to provide the City with services such as refuse removal, street cleaning, gardening, landscaping and repairs and maintenance in what Executive Mayor Cllr Parks Tau, who is championing the programme, said he wanted to see “job-seekers turning into job-creators”.
More than 350 community-based businesses were empowered and 5 000 jobs created over the past year under the ambitious programme.