Over 1500 applications for formal employment at the $60 million Egodini Mall project has so far been processed.
The project is a joint venture between the Bulawayo City Council (BCC), project developer Tearracotta Private Limited, a South African civil engineering firm and the main contractor another South African construction company, Liviero Group.
The registration process began on October 15 and it will take place for six months with people being employed for different phases.
The project director Thulani Moyo, told CITE in an interview that they have started processing the applications.
“As of last week Friday it was just over 1500 applications we received which were in order and capable of uploading,” he said.
“A number of people have had to correct and hopefully they will resubmit.”
Moyo urged applicants who need to correct their application forms to fix them in order to complete the application process.
“If people fail to resubmit then they have not completed their application process,” he said.
“Like with any application, only those who have completed the application process correctly can be considered.”
Moyo explained that both women and men will be considered fairly depending on the job specifications.
“Just like any other construction project, age and gender balance will be determined by the specific jobs on site,” he said.
He added: “To enter the site, all staff members have to pass medical tests and they have to be matched with the work suitable to their individual physical condition to avoid occupational related injuries.”
Moyo said the first phase of the project will have at least 400 employees with specific requirements.
“Phase one needs about 400 people with different skill sets and general hands,” he said.
“For skilled persons, the most qualified or experienced will be given first preference and for the general they will be randomly selected.”
The long-awaited project is being implemented at an estimated cost of $60 million although final budget figures are likely to be reviewed considering the volatile macro-economic climate.