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More jobs to come

With call centres being a key player, 4 764 jobs were created in Cape Town during the past financial year, and more is to come, says James Vos, Mayco member for economic opportunities.

Vos opened a new British-owned call centre in Retreat on Thursday 30 August, providing 1 200 new jobs.

In addition, talks are currently underway with another international company to open another call centre in Mitchell’s Plain in the next 18 months to provide 1 800 jobs, he says.

“We have to take the jobs to the people. We are currently under tremendous pressure to create jobs with many new people migrating to Cape Town,” he says. Currently, Cape Town’s unemployment rate stands at around 6% lower than the national average.

“Two of the key sectors, which consistently bring in investment and create jobs are the business process outsourcing (call centres) and green economy industries,” he says.

City-funded skills training was provided to 2 109 individuals during the same time, in various industries.

“We will continue to support the training of young people with the most appropriate skills for the sectors that drives demand and makes business sense”.

For the northern suburbs of Cape Town, Vos is working closely with the Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) to establish international business in the Voortrekker corridor.

“It makes business sense to grow this burgeoning economic area,” he says.

Residents in Atlantis can also expect a boost in their local economy, as the City is currently in talks with a company to open a new factory there to produce gas for solar panels.

“Should this succeed, many jobs will be created for this area.”

These talks form part of the City’s collaboration with GreenCape, which has already facilitated a R550 million in investment resulting in 263 jobs in the City’s energy sector.

“I am extremely excited about these successes. However, that is not good enough as too many people are still without jobs and we are committed to driving down the unemployment figure even more, as we push ahead with our mission to enhance economic inclusion.”

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