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Beaufort West Thusong Service Centre (Western Cape)

R3. 6 Million allocated to the Beaufort West Thusong Service Centre - 500 Job Opportunities!

The Beaufort West Thusong Service Centre received an amount of R 3. 6 million from the Independent Development Trust (IDT) to administer an economic empowerment program for eight months for 500 beneficiaries in the geo political region of the Central Karoo.

The Beaufort West Thusong Service Centre has been contracted by the Independent Development Agency (IDT) to implement their EPWP2 programme in the Central Karoo District for the financial year 2010/11.

This is an EPWP2 program in partnership with various stakeholders such as municipalities, schools, churches community to create job opportunities for unemployed youth and members of the community to relief poverty. Through this programme, the Beaufort West Thusong Service Centre has created 500 job opportunities.

The beneficiaries started working in the month of July 2010 and work a 20 day per month shift earning R50 per day. Job opportunities have been created over the Central Karoo region which includes Beaufort West, Laingsburg, Murraysburg, Merweville, Prince Albert, Leeu Gamka, Klaarstroom and Matjiesfontein.

The Centre Manager Mr Colin Adonis said that this is for the centre a major victory in the fight against poverty that is mostly caused by the unemployment rate in the region.  He said that sincere thanks and gratitude goes to the IDT for putting so much faith and trust in the centre to implement this huge.

The Department of Public Works and Transport indicated and committed themselves in a workshop that was held on 30 August 2010 that they will ensure that the beneficiaries will be trained in various other fields to ensure the sustainability of the Project.

The Beaufort West Thusong Service Centre also submitted further Applications to the IDT to ensure that the programme continues in the next financial year.

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Marlene Hendricks

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