SA Labour Department runs free jobs agency

The SA Labour Department is “developing a comprehensive database to help employers and employees find work free of charge” at job fairs in major cities.

On Friday 14 August 2012 the SA Department of Labour hosts another in a series of Job Fairs in Mangaung (Bloemfontein), Free State province. Employers may soon be forced to register vacant positions on the Labour database, criticised as a political exercise.

Labour minister Mildred Oliphant invited job seekers to the Job Fair at Vista Arena, Church Street, Mangaung, in line with her vision “to create decent employment through inclusive economic growth”.

The Free State DOL Job Fair is held alongside a Free State provincial government Job Summit, attended by members of the provincial government.

Oliphant said the events and database were “testament to the resolve by government to leave no stone unturned in finding solutions to the problem of joblessness.

“The expected passing of the new Public Employment Services Bill currently with law makers would give the necessary impetus to resolve the scourge of unemployment in South Africa.

Compensation money spent on state employment agency

“There are many social partners including labour and business… For the sake of our children and their future, we need to open our hands and hold each other as we move with speed to restore hope to our people,” Oliphant said.

SA government “recognises that its role extends wider than just policy”. The minister said her department has also “channelled its entities, such as the Unemployment Insurance Fund and Compensation Fund, to invest money in a socially responsible way”.

SA Job Fairs are targeting unemployed youth who dropped out of school, or with school exit certificates, as well as unemployed graduates, workers who are under employed, and retrenched workers.

A DOL Public Employment Service (PES) bus manned by counselors is registering job seekers on an employment services system (Essa), “an initiative where work-seekers and opportunities are presented, and employers meet via an information technology system.”

SA Job Fairs were held in 2012 in the Eastern Cape province, then opened by SA president Jacob Zuma and minister Oliphant in Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal province. Last month a Job Fair was held in Kimberley, Northern Cape province, and earlier this month in Limpopo province.

Larger Job Fairs are lined up for North West, Mpumalanga, Western Cape, and Gauteng provinces in 2012 and 2013.

PHOTO; Labour minister Mildred Oliphant invites job seekers, including school drop-outs, to Job Fairs, while forcing employers to list their jobs vacancies on a government run database.

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Edmond Furter is the editor of Sheqafrica.com. He is a freelance technical journalist, and has won six journalism awards. He specialises in industrial, business, and cultural content in web, journal, and book formats.