State of the Nation Address 2023



State of the Nation Address 2023

Leave No One Behind Leave No One Behind

Presidential Employment Stimulus

The Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES) is a response to the devastating economic impact of the pandemic on jobs and livelihoods. Using direct public investment, the PES supports job creation, job protection and livelihood support programmes as part of a wider economic recovery progress.

At its heart, the employment stimulus has enabled the most rapid expansion of public employment in South Africa’s history, by supporting programmes that could scale up within a matter of months to provide work to those who need it.

The PES has created 1 098 304 work and livelihood opportunities for unemployed South Africans. Of the participants, 84% are youth and 62% are women.

The Presidential Employment Stimulus is an example of what we can achieve when we work collectively, not only within government but across society, to address an urgent need.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

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