Labour Dept compiles database of job seekers

Hopeful residents filling in ESSA forms. PHOTO: SEITHATI SEMENOKANE

Queuing with the hope of getting a job, Thaba Nchu residents patiently waited in line to register for the Labour Department’s (workers/employment/skills) database. Many had heard by word of mouth that the Labour Department was holding a career exhibition, while others were told to bring copies of their CVs as there might be jobs available.
Bathobakae Mokhobo says that when a friend told him about this opportunity he jumped at the chance. He says he has been trying to find work since he completed his N6 qualification at Motheo FET College in Bloemfontein. Mokhobo says his biggest challenge is that employers want to hire people with experience, which he can’t obtain without a job.
Patiently queuing with a group of her friends, Setshego Seabi says finding a permanent job with only her matric certificate, has proven to be a difficult task. She previously worked at a grocery store for a few months and has been searching for work for almost five months now.
Lerato van der Merwe has been looking for a job since completing her Civil Engineering and Building Construction course. This made her go back to school and study another course in Health Care, as a way for her to improve her CV. She says looking for a job can become expensive, especially making many copies of one’s CV and qualifications to send to various employers. She hopes to find a job through this labour campaign.
Potential employers also attended the labour department campaign, many hoping to learn more about labour laws, the compensation fund and the unemployment insurance fund. They were also given the opportunity to offer jobs to those looking for them on the spot.
Chantelle Mekoa is a new entrepreneur and potential employer based in Thaba Nchu. She says the campaign provided her with the opportunity to learn more about the needs of employees. “I don’t really have much experience right now, nor have I faced any challenges as yet. But I hope the information I received today will help me deal with any future problems that arise. I want to make sure that my employees do not go through some of the challenges I heard about today regarding UIF and compensation. I want to ensure that as an employee I provide my workers with a friendly work environment,” says Mekoa.
Free State Labour Department spokesperson, Josial Ramokoena, says they received 750 CVs and 250 people filled in the ESSA forms which were provided for those without a CV. These 1000 unemployed people will now be placed on the Labour Department’s database, which potential employers can use to find workers. – Seithati Semenokane