Following concerns from The Citizen readers that the “Tshepo 10 000” programme may be a scam, Tshwane public affairs and mayoral spokesman Blessing Manale confirmed that the city was in the process of recruiting 10 000 young people to train and develop to aid the Metro to maintain services.
Manale said the response from the youth in the city had been “overwhelming and beyond our expectations”.
“All successful applicants will be informed via SMS, e-mail and letters. The first 2 500 will be invited to the launch on August 20.”
Tshepo, which means “hope” in Sesotho, was launched by Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on July 25.
Ramokgopa previously said that the programme was aimed at eradicating youth unemployment in the city.
“In our quest to address the scourge of youth unemployment, we deliberately adopted a programme approach with three well thought-out interventions, which are skills development, entrepreneurial assistance and job placement initiatives,” Ramokgopa said.
Thousands of youngsters reportedly flooded various centres across the seven regions of the city last week in the hope of obtaining a position in the programme.