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22 June 2016
Artisan Leanership Programme SMS is a Scam
EThekwini Municipality urges all those that had applied for the City’s Artisan Development Programme to be cautious of a SMS that is being sent to unsuspecting residents informing them that their applications have been successful and that they should pay a fee.
The fraudulent SMS, which is being sent from an unverified account, notifies the applicant that they are required to pay R2000 for their application to be considered.
Head of the eThekwini Municipal Academy, Dr Mpilo Ngubane said no Municipal learnerships are for sale.
He said all applications for the said learnership closed on Friday, 10 June 2016.
“Should applicants receive any messages, they must verify these at the Municipality’s application office,” he said.
Dr Ngubane said the Municipality will not use SMSes to notify successful applicants.
The Municipality’s City Integrity and Investigations Unit is investigating the source of the SMS.
The Municipality does not ask those seeking employment to pay for a job. It is not the practice of the Municipality to take bribes in exchange for jobs.
The Municipality follows a fair and transparent recruitment process. Our employment policies and practices are committed to developing a multi-cultural and diverse workforce that is non-racist, non-sexist, and non-discriminatory.
Job seekers are urged to follow the correct procedures when applying for a job. Funded and approved vacancies are advertised every second Friday in the Municipality’s Staff Vacancy Circular which is placed on Municipal notice boards, as well as published in the Municipal publication - eZasegagasini Metro newspaper and the Municipal website, via e-careers. Applications can be submitted via email or to the postal or physical address provided in the advertisement.
An interview panel is appointed by the Unit concerned and all applications received by the stipulated deadline date are considered by the panel.
The panel compiles a shortlist of applicants and interviews, and where applicable, tests are conducted to select the successful candidate.
Members of the public are urged to report any suspicious messages to the City Integrity and Investigations Unit on 0800 202020 and the South African Police Services on 10111, Ngubane said.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
For more information members of the media can contact Municipal spokesman Thulani Mbatha on 031 311 4820 or email: or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or
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