Job creation at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is set to receive a boost as the Eastern Cape’s only wholly black-owned steel mill, Agni Steels South Africa, opens the application process for 140 positions at its state-of-the-art smelting facility.
The Coega Development Corporation’s (CDC) Human Capital Solutions unit will manage recruitment on behalf of Agni Steels SA for the new steel billet plant in Zone 6 of the Coega IDZ.
The CDC has been tasked with sourcing Agni Steels’ operational workforce, which will commence work during the first quarter of 2013. “Agni Steels has required us to place 143 persons into positions ranging from unskilled to management in the various departments designed in their plant.
“Coega is delivering on its job creation promises. The Agni Steels case highlights how investment leads to job creation in the most tangible form and we are happy this call for jobs has come out before the beginning of the new year, which means just over 140 people are likely to enter into 2013 with jobs,” said Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC head of marketing and communications, adding that the organisation was thrilled at the speed at which the plant has been constructed, thereby increasing the pace of job creation.
He added that jobs were, without a doubt, a critical issue at the forefront of the development of the Eastern Cape and that job creation also formed part of the CDC’s key performance areas.
“But we cannot create jobs without investment. The CDC generates an enabling environment for investors to locate their manufacturing plants through a number of incentives and custom leases. These investors in turn create job opportunities for the people of the city and province.”
Vilakazi added that 80% of job placements at Coega come from Nelson Mandela Bay, unless the skills needed are not located in the city, after which they are sourced from the Eastern Cape and nationally.
“What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve,” said Hassan Khan, co-director at Agni Steels SA. “We are pleased to be at the stage where what was once a concept is now bearing fruit and will start making a real impact on people’s lives through job creation.”
The following vacancies are open for suitably qualified and experienced persons:
- Office personnel: purchasing manager, health and safety officer, health and safety assistant.
- Scrap area: scrap supervisor, gas cutter, weigh bridge operator.
- Furnace area: assistant production manager, first hand operator, baryman helper, patching baryman, form bender, maintenance fitter, maintenance electrician.
- CCM Plant: assistant ladle slide gate operator, assistant mould operator, tundish preparation helper, control desk operator, electrician, gas cutter.
- General maintenance: fitter.
- Laboratory: laboratory chemist, laboratory assistant.
- Security: manager.
- Drivers: mobile crane operator, truck / tractor driver, vehicle mechanic, bus driver.
Other semi-skilled and unskilled jobs are also available and can be identified on the Gateway to Opportunity (G2O) portal on the CDC website. All applicants are required to use the G2O portal to apply on line, or alternatively prospective employees can drop off the applications at the Coega Recruitment Information Centre.
“A step-by-step process needs to be followed during the online application process. This includes uploading comprehensive personnel details and the necessary documentation to the web portal: www.g2o.co.za. Applicants can also find the job requirements and duties outlined on this site,” added Vilakazi.
Applications can also be hand delivered to Coega Human Capital Solutions, Recruitment Centre, R102, Old Coega Road, Markman and must be accompanied by certified copies of identity documents, drivers licence (where applicable) and qualifications together with a recent CV clearly stating the post for which applying. Enquiries can be made via e-mail on: G2O.Support@coega.co.za. Applications for the above positions close on Friday 21 December 2012, at noon sharp.
Agni Steels will operate in a high-tech smelting facility to produce mild steel billets from scrap metal. The plant at Coega will use 10 000 tons of scrap metal in phase 1 and 20 000 tons in phase 2.