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- The South African Department of Home Affairs has more than 350 million vital records detailing births, marriages, deaths and alterations dating back to 1895.
- Sifting through these paper documents is a major headache for both the department and South Africans.
- That’s why the Department of the Interior is hiring 10,000 unemployed college graduates to digitize these paper documents.
- Job vacancies for the first recruits are due to be posted on Friday, with the project expected to last three years.
- Recruits can earn between R5,000 for entry-level positions and R14,250 for management positions.
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South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs will recruit 10,000 young unemployed graduates to digitize more than 350 million paper-based civic documents over the next three years, according to Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
The Home Office is clogged with more than 350 million civic records detailing births, marriages, deaths and alterations dating back to 1895. The lack of digital copies of these records is suffocating already overburdened Home Affairs processes, causing frustrating delays for the South. African candidates.
“Quite often, South Africans complain bitterly about the delays they experience when applying for unabbreviated birth certificates, unabbreviated marriage certificates, changes and rectification of their biographical details,” Motsoaledi said during of a press briefing on Thursday morning.
“Indeed, in order to finalize all these requests, home affairs officials have to manually search for the original documents among these 350 million manual records. Obviously, such a tedious process will take a lot of time, which people may not be aware of. .It leads to frustration when people have to make multiple visits to home affairs.”
To respond to this problem, the Department of the Interior has undertaken to hire 10,000 young unemployed graduates who will be responsible for digitizing these paper documents. These recruits must be skilled in information technology – specifically, records, information and records management – obtained from institutions of higher learning.
The first phase of the recruitment process will begin in August, Motsoaledi said, with announcements for the admission of 2,000 young unemployed graduates available on Friday. This first group of recruits will “take office” on November 1, 2022.
The department will recruit 4,000 additional young unemployed graduates in October and the remaining 4,000 in December.
“This cohort will be required to sign a three-year contract tied to the duration of the project,” Motsoaledi said, noting that the project would run until October 2025.
“Successful young people will receive a stipend ranging from R5,000 for entry level positions to R9,500 for technical support level positions and R14,250 for director level positions.”
Applicants will be able to apply for a job under the digitization project through the websites of the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Employment and Labor.
“Those who do not have internet access can visit their nearest work center at the Ministry of Employment and Labour,” Motsoaledi said.
“In this Women’s Month, and to honor the heroines of the 1956 march to the Union Buildings, we would like to announce that 60% of the workforce will be young women and only 40% will be young men.”
Training will also be offered to new recruits in relation to the work for which they are hired.
“Once the records are digitized, home affairs officials will have one-click access and can finalize applications instantly,” Motsoaledi added.