Ramaphosa pays Orange Farm an oversight visit…

Posted: 01/10/2015 in Politics
CHUCKLES: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa shares a laughter while shaking hands with food garden workers in Skills Centre which provide food for around 500 families in Orange Farm.

CHUCKLES: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa shares a laughter while shaking hands with food garden workers in Skills Centre which provide food for around 500 families in Orange Farm.

Deputy President Cyril Rama¬phosa last week chaired the inaugural working meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Public Employment Pro¬grammes (PEP-IMC) at Orange Farm.

Ramaphosa was accompanied by Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Co-operative Gover¬nance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Small Business Minister Lindi¬we Zulu and Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin.

The PEP-IMC is driving government’s effort to create 6 million work opportunities by 2019 through programmes that create jobs for those who cannot find work and that create public goods in the form of new infra¬structure or the improvement of existing infrastructure.

These programmes also address service delivery challenges.

Deputy President Ramaphosa says he is confident that the target of reaching six million jobs by 2019 is attainable and government would “reach it and exceed it”.

During his visit to Orange Farm, Ramaphosa and a delega¬tion undertook a walkabout at a skills development centre where computer skills, a community food garden and clothes bank for families in distress are being implemented.

He said it was inspiring work undertaken by the City of Johan¬nesburg and its partners; and that he was particularly impressed with the food garden which produced food for a soup kitchen that fed around 500 people.

“We were impressed by the de¬termination of those working in this project to use this as an op-portunity to improve their lives.

Many see this work not only as a source of income, but as an opportunity to gain experience and skills that can stand them in good stead in the future. We encourage all those working in public employment programmes to seize the opportunities that this work provides for developing their skills and capabilities and hereby improve their chances of employment beyond the life of the project,” said Ramaphosa.

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