The facts on GO GE­OR­GE em­ploy­ment pro­ce­du­res

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With re­fe­ren­ce to the Ge­or­ge He­rald ar­ti­cle of 14 Sep­tem­ber 2017: "Ons soek werk by GO GE­OR­GE", GO GE­OR­GE ma­na­ge­ment would li­ke to sub­mit the fol­lo­wing in­for­ma­ti­on for bet­ter un­der­stan­ding of the si­tu­a­ti­on:

It is and ne­ver will be the in­ten­ti­on of GO GE­OR­GE to ex­clu­de cer­tain com­mu­ni­ties from the be­ne­fits cre­a­ted by the im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of t­his bus ser­vi­ce. The­re is, ho­we­ver, so­me his­to­ry be­hind t­his is­sue of job op­por­tu­ni­ties which needs to be con­vey­ed to tho­se mem­bers of the pu­blic who are not a­wa­re of t­his.

As part of the ne­go­ti­a­ti­ons pre­ce­ding the roll-out of the GO GE­OR­GE bus ser­vi­ce, the taxi o­pe­ra­tors we­re of­fe­red com­pen­sa­ti­on and their em­ploy­ees (dri­vers, cashiers, ad­min etc.) we­re of­fe­red first pre­fe­ren­ce at the job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the ne­w­ly es­ta­blis­hed bus o­pe­ra­ting com­pa­ny, Ge­or­ge Link.

In or­der to be con­si­de­red, all such em­ploy­ees had to be re­gis­te­red on the Af­fected Per­sons Re­gis­ter (APR). As t­his was a trans­for­ma­ti­on pro­ject, it was im­por­tant for Go­vern­ment to en­s­u­re that as ma­ny pe­op­le as pos­si­ble af­fected by the new bus ser­vi­ce, had first rig­ht to em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In 2012 and 2013 the o­pe­ra­tors sub­mit­ted the na­mes of their em­ploy­ees and an o­pen re­gis­tra­ti­on call was held to cre­a­te the APR. For the pe­op­le that we­re still not re­gis­te­red, an ap­pe­als pro­cess was o­pe­ned in 2015, w­he­re ap­pel­lants had to sub­mit p­roof that they we­re part of the in­du­stry, t­his in­for­ma­ti­on being ve­ri­fied by the o­pe­ra­tors and the taxi as­so­ci­a­ti­ons.

Ge­or­ge Link is re­qui­red to hi­re from the APR as a first call. On­ly if the­re are no suit­a­ble can­di­da­tes for a par­ti­cu­lar po­si­ti­on, are they al­lo­wed to ad­ver­ti­se the po­si­ti­on to the ge­ne­ral pu­blic. T­his could hap­pen w­hen a po­si­ti­on re­qui­res ex­tra­or­di­na­ry or spe­ci­a­li­sed skills that mig­ht not be of­fe­red by pe­op­le for­mer­ly em­ploy­ed in the taxi in­du­stry. The GO GE­OR­GE of­fi­ce it­self is a go­vern­ment en­ti­ty and all em­ploy­ees em­ploy­ed through t­his of­fi­ce are sour­ced from the APR w­her­e­ver pos­si­ble. If not, they are sour­ced from the ex­is­ting Mu­ni­ci­pal HR da­ta­ba­se, w­he­re in­te­rested per­sons are wel­co­me to hand in their CVs.

Furt­her­mo­re, ser­vi­ces pro­vi­ders con­trac­ted on GO GE­OR­GE-spe­ci­fic con­tracts are con­trac­tu­al­ly bound to fol­low the sa­me pro­cess, first ap­poin­ting staff from the APR be­fo­re re­crui­ting el­se­w­he­re.

The Ge­or­ge com­mu­ni­ty may rest as­su­red that the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty is ma­na­ging the pro­ject with dis­cre­ti­on and that em­ploy­ment from the APR is being exe­cu­ted ac­cor­ding to agreement. T­his, ho­we­ver, al­so me­ans that all jobs are not o­pen to the ge­ne­ral pu­blic.

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