The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has put out a call to hire 300 000 school assistants for four months paying only R3 500 per month to each employee.

This initiative is in partnership with Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and is looking for candidates between 18 and 35 years of age.

This programme is looking to take on thousands of unemployed youths between 1st December and 2020 and 31st March 2021.

While it is not outright stated by either DBE or Harambee we have to imagine that this is in an effort to assist with the Matric exams in some way. The 2020 Matric exams are now in their third week and will come to a close on 15th December, with results scheduled for release on 22nd January 2021. The timing of the school assistant contract fits perfectly into this timeframe, and would also give the DBE and schools the ability to bolster preparations for next year.

The DBE / Harambee have provided these instructions for those who would like to apply:

  • “Register on https://sayouth.datafree.co (or log on if you have already registered with SA Youth or Harambee)
  • No ID? Register on http://bit.ly/DeptEducationMenu
  • It will take you about 4 minutes to register and answer all questions
  • then you will see the jobs and you can click on Apply Now
  • Remember to click on the Profile icon at the bottom to enter your educational info”

Looking on the Harambee Facebook post about this contract and we can see that many people are experiencing troubles with the application process. If you encounter the same that linked Facebook post also has a toll-free number that can be called for assistance.

Finally, it’s worth discussing the remuneration of R3 500. That amount is actually less, as one percent will be deducted for the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). We would also like to point those interested in the DBE’s contract to the official laws around minimum wage in South Africa. As the contract calls the monthly remuneration a “stipend”, and the fact that the required working hours are not listed, these minimum wages laws may not apply, but we recommend reading them over regardless.