PRETORIA: The Department of Transport is looking at ways to boost job creation across the country.
As part of its ongoing review, the department plans to introduce more ‘labour-intensive’ practices for road projects and stronger partnerships with poor communities to create employment for the impoverished.
“In line with the programme, the road is divided up into various (small) work packages and then allocated to household contractors,” the department said. “In this way, each community can take responsibility for its work package, and persons can receive stipends for their services, while roads are kept in good condition.
“Investing in the road sub-sector will assist in making a significant contribution in reducing maintenance backlogs, creating jobs and addressing transformation in the industry through the development of suppliers.”
The national network under Sanral, the entity responsible for managing, maintaining, and developing most of South Africa’s roads, currently sits at 22,253 km.
Despite the country experiencing a pandemic, a total of 6,063 jobs were created in the period under review.
Special emphasis continues to be placed on jobs for women, youth and persons with disabilities.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk