DA local governments have created 31 000 jobs in the last year

da-logoMmusi Maimane, DA National Spokesperson
1 March 2013

In the last year, DA Municipal governments have created 31 167 new temporary jobs for local communities using the expanded public works programme. These jobs provide valuable learning and training opportunities for individuals, and stimulate local economic growth.

Most of the jobs were created in community safety, recycling, road works and sidewalk regeneration projects. Where feasible, our governments contribute to job creation efforts by investing in productive and cost-effective infrastructure projects.

This list indicates how many jobs were created in each DA run municipality:

City of Cape Town:  13852
Bergrivier:  3240
Swellendam:  2429
George:  1726
Breede Valley:  1424
Cape Winelands District Municipality:  1136
Hessequa:  861
Laingsburg:  704
Stellenbosch:  657
Overstrand:  615
Knysna:  609
Witzenberg:  464
Bitou:  402
Midvaal:   398
Eden District Municipality:  372
Nama Khoi:  342
Saldanha Bay:  302
Hantam:  301
Drakenstein:  292
Mossel Bay:  280
Swartland:  280
Langeberg:  147
Baviaans:  140
Theewaterskloof:  91
Overberg District Municipality:  78
West Coast District Municipality:  25
Total:  31 167

Our municipalities have also initiated special creative projects to channel funding to communities that have special needs. Many have for example initiated RDP house repair crews to assist people who have received shoddy RDP houses from national government. Other creative projects include communal sports ground maintenance crews, pest control crews, the rehabilitation of seawalls in coastal areas and sewer works.

The DA in government is utilising every tool at its disposal to create jobs, grow the economy and deliver better services to South Africans.

Where we govern, we are pushing back the frontiers of unemployment and poverty, step by step.

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