- The Presidency has announced that certified documents will now be valid for six months as far as state job applications are concerned
- President Cyril Ramaphosa scrapped the requirement in a bid to ease the strain on job seekers
- This comes as South African citizens battles with high levels of unemployment
The Presidency has announced that the three month validity period for certified documents has been done away with.
Briefly.co.za reported that unemployment rates have hit a 10 year high and citizens are hard at work attempting to secure jobs.
SowetanLIVE reports that the initiative intended to provide some form of relief to job seekers as they embark on their journey to employment.
President Cyril Ramaphosa commented that the headache caused by the policy has been noted and duly rectified:
“Government has recognised that the practice to date impacts negatively on job seekers in the current economic climate in South Africa and that there is a need to reduce the burden on job seekers to submit – with each job application – certified copies of supporting documents which are not older than three months."
The changes for the validity period of documents submitted will come into effect immediately for government applications. In addition, the private sector has been urged to contemplate adopting the same approach.
The South African Police Service will now have more time to devote to their core function:
“This change will also reduce the workload that the certification of documents creates for South African Police Service personnel who will now be able to devote more time to their core function of ensuring that South Africans are safe."
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