The City of Tshwane on Thursday announced a massive employment drive – using an electronic lottery system – to recruit more than five thousand jobs seekers under its Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
“Earlier today I joined MMC for Community and Social Development Services, Cllr Thabisile Vilakazi to observe the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) lottery recruitment drive,” said Alderman Randall Williams, the executive mayor of Tshwane.
“The City is planning to recruit 5 090 EPWP workers on a temporary contract basis starting in November this year.
“To ensure that the process is aligned with our values of fairness and transparency, the City is implementing its lottery recruitment system.”
Williams said the electronic random draw system works independently without any influence. It electronically selects applicants from the EPWP database, which has more than 150 000 registered job seekers.
“This is fundamentally different to how the process occurred before 2016 when the recruitment was politically driven without any form of transparency or fairness,” said Williams, a member of the Democratic Alliance.
The mayor said registration onto the database remains open. Registration is open on Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 16:00.
Jobseekers must be between the ages of 18 and 60.
They should bring along a certified copy of their identity document and proof of residence, which will be attached to the registration form.
The registration forms are currently available at the EPWP Division, Office G03, Ou Raadsaal Building, Church Square, Pretoria.
“EPWP has become an important programme in the fight against poverty and unemployment giving our residents much needed income earning opportunities,” said Williams.
“We are pleased to put an end to the days where EPWP opportunities were handed out to hand-picked beneficiaries.
“Under our administration, the residents of Tshwane can trust that our recruitment and selection process is fair with no corruption and nepotism.”