On Wednesday, hundreds of unemployed people went searching for jobs at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.
US multinational technology company Amazon is the anchor tenant in the R4.6-billion mixed-use development at the site.
According to GroundUp the job seekers were informed by family members and social networking sites that a recruitment drive was taking place.
Volunteers from the Cape Khoi Labour Forum were responsible for capturing the details of the jobseekers.
Cape Khoi Labour Forum member, Deon Samson, told GroundUp that the forum hoped to connect people from poor communities to work opportunities.
Samson said Wednesday’s exercise was not to offer jobs but to get details of people who could potentially find work opportunities at the River Club redevelopment project.
He said by 14:07pm on Wednesday there were 726 names captured on the database.
The River Club development has been the subject of fierce legal challenges with concerns around the environmental impact of the development and the historical significance of the site.
Unemployment in SA
South Africa’s unemployment rate surged to the highest on a global list of 82 countries monitored by Bloomberg.
The jobless rate rose to 34.4% in the second quarter from 32.6% in the three months through March, Statistics South Africa said in a report released on Tuesday.