Government has launched a Social Employment Fund aimed at creating jobs within the community-based and civil society sector. In his weekly letter to the nation on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa says from the earliest days of the COVID 19 pandemic, the sector has shown that it plays an essential role in supporting public health, sustaining livelihoods and creating jobs.

The fund, part of the second phase of the Presidential Employment Stimulus, is aimed at providing public employment while creating high-quality assets and services for communities.

Ramaphosa says that the Social Employment Fund is aimed at promoting food security, greening the environment, community safety and action against gender-based violence. The R800 million fund managed by the Industrial Development Corporation is expected to create 50 000 work opportunities. Applications are open for organisations to become the fund’s Strategic Implementing partners. The partners must be able to provide work for at least 1000 participants with no less than 80% of the funds received to be spent on wages.