South Africa's unemployment rate has reached record high. The Statistics South Africa reported an unemployment rate of more than thirty percent. The big number of those who are unemployed is the youth.
The minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has in her last address indicated that there will be the return of the Basic Employment Initiative programme for the youth. The programme was terminated at the end of April this year.
Those who are interested and are between the age of 18 and 35, and also are in possession of the grade 12 or higher certificate are welcome to apply using the provided website.
The programme will run from the 1st of November 2021 until March 2022. The department of basic education is aiming to employ 287000 young unemployed youth.
Last year there was confusion with regard to those in remote learning who also receive NSFAS funding as to weather they qualify to apply or not. Since these young people were employed at school level with limited information, schools just decided to employ them.
The president of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the return of the R350 social relief of distress grant. There is limited information as to whether those who are recipients of this grant qualify for the posts.
If they qualify it is not clear if the grant will stop once they start work or get income as it were. The grant will end next year in March the same as the posts.
The circular by the department did not make any mention of the stipend. Last year those who were lucky to be employed received R3500 before UIF deduction.
It is my assumption that the stipend for this year will be kept at the same amount especially since this is called the second phase programme. The circular did emphasise that no one should take their curriculum vitae to the schools but rather apply online.
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