Bonteheuwel residents working hard to create jobs

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey released by Stats SA on Thursday shows that the unemployment rate has risen by 27.7%, the highest it has been since September 2003.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla says the increase is driven by the number of people entering the labour market looking for employment when there are few opportunities.

Ward Councillor for Bonteheuwel at City of Cape Town, Angus McKenzie says the community is working to create opportunities for young people in the area.

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What we have done in Bonteheuwel in the last couple of months is that we have been able to motivate the community to stand up and be counted and actually make a difference.

Angus McKenzie, Ward Councillor for Bonteheuwel

Mckenzie spoke about the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) that employs young people in the area. He says they continue doing follow ups with contractors to offer permanent opportunities to these young people.

If there's willingness to perform, there's an opportunity for contractors to permanently employ these people

Angus McKenzie, Ward Councillor for Bonteheuwel

Mckenzie spoke about other opportunities they have created for the people of Bonteheuwel such as skills volunteering programs.

He says this has seen a number of people joining the police force and the Safer Schools projects which offers opportunities to be permanently employed by the school.

To listen to other opportunities created in Bonteheuwel, listen below:

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