One of the fast-tracked infrastructure project is the further development of the Mokolo Crocodile River Augmentation in Limpopo. Source: Aurecon
  • The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) launched a new database for unemployed young people, professionals and artisans who want to work on new infrastructure projects.
  • Work on 51 new infrastructure projects may start in the next month.
  • Local workers on these projects may be recruited from the database.
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The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) launched a new database for unemployed young people, professionals and artisans who want to work on new infrastructure projects.

At the end of July, government gazetted details of 51 infrastructure projects that have been declared strategically important, and will be fast-tracked to secure the necessary approvals (including municipal rezoning and water rights) within the next month.

The new projects include many water developments (worth R106 billion), fish farming and a satellite hub. On the water projects alone, 25,000 jobs are expected to be created.

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Unemployed young people as well as professionals or artisans with infrastructure skills are now encouraged to register on the new database, and may be recruited as a result.

“The database will be used in different projects by prioritising available registered people in that district where the project is being implemented,” said DPWI spokesperson Thami Mchunu.

This database will also help the department to determine which skills are available in a specific district for infrastructure projects.

Mchunu said those recruited from the Unemployed Youth Database will also get on-the-job training opportunities, including Work Integrated Learning Programme for National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED) students and university of technology students, who require experiential training to obtain their qualification. It will also include graduate internship to expose graduates to work experience to strengthen employment opportunities, trade certification for construction trades and candidacy programmes towards Built Environment Professional Registration, among others.

“Qualified professionals and artisans will be also registered for job opportunities within the Infrastructure Strategic Projects,” Mchunu said.

You can upload your details here: http://www.publicworks.gov.za/DPWI_Unemployed_Database.html.

A screengrab of the registration for the new DPWI unemployed database.

You will be required to add your qualifications and any professional registrations you may have.

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