Phase Two Of Presidential Employment Stimulus Begins In November 2021

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Launched in October 2020, the Presidential Employment Stimulus(PES) was announced to combat the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Launched in October 2020, the Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES) was announced to combat the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Stage two of the PES program will begin on 1 November 2021, with an amount of R11 billion being allocated to the second phase. The program will aim to create new employment opportunities, provide livelihood support and protect existing jobs in vulnerable sectors.
One of the programs that were established in phase one, and will continue, is the teachers assistant program which will employ over 280 000 youth.
Minister of the presidency, Mondli Gungubele explains that more than half a million South Africans have benefited from the initiative.
He said, “Phase 2 will include the establishment of a new Social Employment Fund, which will support work for common good in communities provided by organisations outside of the State”.
“Phase 2 will also support the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention, including the establishment of the national Pathway Management Network, the revitalisation of the National Youth Service, and a new model of skills training for unemployed youth linked to employment,” concluded Gungubele.
Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi says the interventions from the government reaffirms their intent to tackle unemployment, inequality and eradicate poverty in South Africa. He says that 84% of the people who benefited from government assistance through the various programs were under the age of 35 while two-thirds were women.
Nxesi also provided more information about the National Pathway Management Network. 
“As part of this intervention, the Department of Employment and Labour is leading the establishment of the national Pathway Management Network, which is also known as SA Youth. This network allows young people to register and receive active support to find employment, and aggregates opportunities from a wide range of partners within and beyond government” concluded Nxesi

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