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daIndependent News reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has accused the provincial government of destroying the future of more than 30 interns who were promised jobs in their artificial intelligence unit following government-paid training in Germany.  

DA spokesperson on finance and e-Government Adriana Randall said the provincial government spent R2.8 million to fly 45 interns to Germany to learn about artificial intelligence (AI), but only a few of them managed to secure permanent jobs.  Randall said the DA was shocked to learn that, after promising permanent employment, the department of e-Government had only retained 11 of the 45 interns.”  She indicated further:  â€œAs part of the agreement after completing the year-long internship would be the offer of permanent employment but this did not happen.  Some of the interns left their existing jobs to join the programme because an expectation was created that they would be offered permanent employment only to find out later that this was not the case.”  According to Randall, her party would investigate whether it would be possible to take action against officials in the department for improper conduct in the handling of the internship programme.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Baldwin Ndaba at Independent News

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