2017/05/24 Gopolang Leepile
The Gauteng Government’s Welfare-to-work programme, has managed to assist youth, persons with disabilities and young mothers who were dependent on government social grants, to obtain skills and secure decent employment to better their lives.
The Welfare-to-work programme has, since 2016, been able to ensure that over 10 500 beneficiaries earn a living wage. “This programme has helped young mothers become self-reliant through skills development and decent employment,” Premier Makhura said. One of the beneficiaries of the programme, Khumo Motsisi, 25, from Mogale City, who is employed at Godisang Development in Midrand did not have any resources to continue with her studies.
Motsitsi was a young mother depending on her grandmother’s old age grant.
“Today I’m a young independent woman who is striving for success. This programme has helped me pay off my fees and with the motivation and drive I had in me, I passed with flying colours.
“Now I have a Business Management (NQF Level 5) and am currently studying towards my Higher Diploma in Executive Management (NQFL7),” Motsisi said.
Another beneficiary, Ida Walters, 27, said the programme helped her to gain communication, mathematics, and computer programmes. Walters now works at Magaliesburg Secondary School as a general assistant.
In addition, the mid-term report has also revealed that the Gauteng government has worked tirelessly to ensure that the basic needs of its growing population are met. Through its Bana-Pele-Programme, over 600 000 dignity packs have been distributed to assist vulnerable children and orphans, resulting in the reduction of absenteeism of school girls.
However, Premier Makhura said that poverty is still acute and intense in the province, and government will have to take a more targeted approach, especially in poverty acute districts like the West Rand and Sedibeng, which are the poorest part of our province.