The new year is going to start on a high note for more than 3 000 residents of Tshwane, thanks to the City's revised Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP).
From the first week of January, 3 232 residents will be employed in the Environmental Section to help with horticulture-related duties. They were randomly selected through a lottery system after a citywide recruitment drive that saw 120 683 registering on the central database.
The City introduced the new digital lottery system to ensure that EPWP job opportunities are distributed in a fair and equitable manner.
The City plans to employ more than 23 000 residents on the EPWP by the end of the financial year.
The programme is a national initiative aimed at reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty through the creation of short-term labour-intensive work opportunities.