Employment opportunities for UIF contributors

Former contributors to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will benefit from a training project that will create employment in the aviation, maritime, commercial diving and agricultural sectors.

Addressing a post Cabinet media briefing on Thursday in Tshwane, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said the project will focus on the former contributors to the UIF who lost their jobs.

Cabinet has welcomed the launch of the R22-million training project by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

The first group of beneficiaries includes 50 UIF contributors from the Durban Virginia Airport; 50 from the maritime commercial diving project in Scottsburg, KwaZulu-Natal, and 100 rural women from Emadungeni, the Minister said.

The beneficiaries will be trained about forming a cooperative, planting and growing organic fruit, vegetables, cotton and the value-chain processing.

These cooperatives have signed an agreement with Pick n Pay to supply vegetables and with the Department of Social Development to source material for the manufacture of school uniforms, she said.

The project is being undertaken in partnership with the Dr John Langalibalele Dube Institute and the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), an entity of the Department of Labour.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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