Gauteng govt promises to train 40 000 artisans

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The Gauteng government is promising to train 40 000 unemployed people in the province’s townships with artisanal skills.

Delivering his State of the Province Address at Nasrec, Premier Panyaza Lesufi says almost R3.2 billion has been set aside for the project.

Lesufi says they have an agreement in place with TVET colleges and skills development centres as part of township development.

He says, “We are going to train them to be artisans, to be electricians, we are going to train all unemployed people. We have made an agreement with TVET colleges and skills development centres so that all the people that don’t have skills in the townships, we can train them, give them a stipend and they can come and improve our township as part of our development in this area.”

Load shedding

Lesufi says an additional 100 megawatts will be added to the power grid from April to tackle load shedding in the province.

He says the additional 100 megawatts is part of the province’s plan to reignite abandoned power plants.

“As I address you, in hardly five months, we are ready from the 1st of April to release 100 megawatts of electricity back to the grid in our partnership with City Power. In the next financial year, we’ll increase to 300 megawatts.”

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