The mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mzwandile Masina, vowed to make his metro, the first regional district in government to scrap work experience as a prerequisite for employment.
Masina was addressing the 958 interns the City has recruited from its Work Placement and Internship Induction Workshop.
Joined in partnership by Nkosindiphile Xhakaza, Ekurhuleni’s MMC for Economic Development, Masina welcomed the hundreds of interns into the next phase of their lives.
The Ekurhuleni mayor, known infamously for his off-centre outbursts, verbally signed a social contract with the interns, assuring them that the City would not abandon its vision to creating sustainable employment.
“The social contract we want to have with you is one which seeks to strengthen our commitment to developing and growing Ekurhuleni. Your skills must be used to strengthen the State’s ability to deliver quality services,” he said.
He also challenged the Economic Development cluster to join him in striving towards becoming the first metro in the country that does not consider work experience a prerequisite for employment.