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Labour minister institutes strict controls for service providers

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The Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, issued a stern warning to Labour Activation Programme service providers, stating that no payments would be made without a thorough performance check.

Minister Thulas Nxesi launched the Northern Cape Province Labour Activation Programme in Kimberley. Picture: Facebook

THE MINISTER of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, issued a stern warning to Labour Activation Programme (LAP) service providers, stating that no payments would be made without a thorough performance check.

Nxesi emphasised the department’s expectations of delivery, compliance with contractual obligations, professionalism, quality work, measurable outputs, and impactful interventions from the service providers. He further revealed that the department has implemented systems and processes to monitor the performance of LAP service providers.

The minister was speaking at the Northern Cape LAP launch in Kimberley, where he delivered the keynote address on Friday.

The launch event saw eight LAP service providers pledge to provide training to 23,070 youths in the Northern Cape, with a budget allocation of R558 million. The training will span various sectors, including agriculture, construction, hospitality, security, energy, call centres and new venture creations.

Nxesi also highlighted the department’s ongoing efforts at reconfiguring, along with its entities, to strengthen and improve effectiveness.

“We are currently implementing recommendations of an independent review of the UIF and the Compensation Fund, focusing on strengthening service delivery and innovation, and developing effective and efficient business processes and systems. This includes an established Project Management Office to monitor projects, enforce contracts and evaluate outcomes,” said the minister.

Following the launch, Nxesi attended a Jobs/Careers Fair hosted by the Department of Employment and Labour at the Galeshewe Stadium. The event was attended by numerous work-seekers from nearby communities.

Nxesi advised work-seekers to register on the department’s Employment Services of South Africa database using their mobile phones and to apply for LAP opportunities when advertised.

He also warned them to be wary of unscrupulous and bogus employers offering fake opportunities.

The minister reminded the public that the law forbids agencies from charging work-seekers for employment and urged them to report any unscrupulous agencies to the department and the South African Police Service.

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