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Eastern Cape villagers to enjoy sorely needed relief services

by lloyd last modified 2009-02-17 16:38

17 February 2009

The Eastern Cape – traditionally one of South Africa’s most poverty-stricken areas – is fast emerging as the worst casualty of the current global economic recession, with vulnerable workers bearing the brunt of the resultant mass retrenchments.

In a scenario like this, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) becomes a natural albeit temporary relief mechanism for the province’s citizens, whose migrant-worker majority is still reeling from job losses in the mining industry.

The car manufacturing industry alone, one of the province’s few big employment providers, is in the process of shutting the door to scores of its workers.  

With such circumstances, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has decided to alter his schedule and be at the side of the vulnerable, helping them with various state services to speed up the poverty relief process.

The Minister will this Friday (February 20) hold an Imbizo at Chief Ngqika’s Palace outside KingWilliamsTown, where several mobile offices will be provided to assist members of the public to, among others, register UIF claims, check the status of their registrations, and file for injury-at-work compensation.

Of importance to job-seeking young people and current tertiary students, various Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA) will be on hand to provide the much needed career guidance in varying sectors and industries. 

The South African Social Services, the Health and Home Affairs Departments have also been roped in to provide services, including ID applications and medical.

The media is invited. Details of time and venue are as follows:


Venue:                        Mkhubiso Burnshill Village Playgrounds

Time:                          09:00

Enquiries:                     Page Boikanyo



For logistical details please contact Vuyokazi Mbanjwa (Provincial Communications Officer) on 0738092797

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