These include jobs created, work experience provided, livelihoods strengthened, skills developed, and small business owners supported and promoted.
These opportunities have been a lifeline for many in times of crisis and are supporting economic recovery in local economies, in municipalities, informal settlements and rural areas in every part of our country.” The Presidential Jobs Stimulus was launched by President Ramaphosa in October 2020 as part of the Economic Recovery and Reconstruction Plan, which sets out a series of measures to address the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The priority of the ERRP is to achieve faster and more inclusive growth to create sustainable jobs in the private sector, through economic reforms and other measures to support recovery.
While these measures are in force, the government is committed to supporting employment and protecting the most vulnerable.
The goal of the Presidential Jobs Stimulus is to use public funds to create jobs and support livelihoods while the job market recovers.
The opportunities supported by the PES are in addition to those created through the Expanded Public Works Program and other existing programs.
The implementation of the stimulus has involved a ‘whole of government’ effort coordinated by the Presidency, with 15 government departments, as well as provinces and municipalities responsible for its implementation.
It has also built on strong partnerships beyond the state as part of a ‘whole of society’ approach.
Major achievements of the stimulus to date include the following: • The PES has supported the largest youth employment program in South African history.
596,109 youth have been placed as school assistants in two cohorts, improving the learning environment in schools and reaching every community in the country.
• Has issued production input vouchers to 142,004 subsistence farmers, helping them resume and expand production after COVID-19 disruptions and strengthening food security.
• 54,000 Early Childhood Development practitioners have received support to ensure the survival and reopening of ECD centers.
• The Social Employment Fund is supporting community organizations to start ‘work that serves the common good’ in their communities.
Together with the National Youth Service, which applies a similar association model, it has already reached 85,000 participants.
• In the Creative Sector, more than 32,000 people have been supported to produce films, animations, books in indigenous languages, plays, mural art and much more, supporting the sector in difficult times.
• Twenty-six universities have received support to place graduates in jobs that provide experience relevant to their qualifications.
These and other programs demonstrate the significant scale on which PES has delivered employment and livelihood opportunities, mobilizing a wide range of stakeholders and actors and creating real social value in the process.
The President has called on the private sector to contribute to the success of the initiative, saying: “Our task now is to expand and deepen the impact of this work.
We call on companies to hire these young people with newly acquired work experience when they leave these programs.” All program descriptions, budgets, goals, and performance are reflected in the dashboard below, including stories from participants in many of the programs: https://www.stateofthenation.gov.za/employment-stimulus-dashboard