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zumaThe Star reports that hundreds of aspiring artisans, let down by the Department of Water and Sanitation under its former minister Nomvula Mokonyane, fear they will leave a bungled skills project empty handed next month.  

After three years in the R3bn ‘War on Leaks’ programme, contracts for the youth languishing at home are due to lapse next month.  They are bracing themselves to leave the programme with nothing to show for it.  The programme was designed to turn them into qualified artisans.  Former president Jacob Zuma launched the project in 2015, saying it would produce 15,000 qualified artisans over three years.  The young people poised to leave the programme with no qualifications are the so-called phase one trainees, who started in 2015.  They should have been placed for practicals at municipalities or private companies after completing their theoretical training in July 2016 and before writing their trade tests.  But the department’s failure to secure placements saw the participants drawing their monthly stipends, ranging between R2,000 and R2,500, while languishing at home.  A spokesperson for the department said the trainees' contracts were being considered for extension.  According to the department, there were 106 unplaced trainees, most of them in Gauteng.

  • Read this report by Bongani Nkosi in full at The Star


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