No Work Experience For Entry-level Government Jobs

South Africa's unemployment numbers reveal chronic joblessness. PICTURE: EPA/Nic Bothma

JOHANNESBURG: The decision was welcomed by the NYDA, which through a media statement said Dlodlo announced the decision while in the Eastern Cape.

The minister of public service and administration, Ayanda Dlodlo, has announced that from 2019 people will not need work experience to get an entry-level government job.

The decision was welcomed by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), which through a media statement on Friday morning following the minister’s announcement.

It added that the government will also introduce a new Z83 application form, which will be available online.

“The NYDA has been at the centre of this discourse… we remained steadfast that the only practical way to reduce the high youth unemployment rate in the immediate is scrapping of experience for all entry-level jobs,” it said.

In a report by the Daily Dispatch, Dlodlo was quoted as saying they are “scrapping the need for experience for entry-level jobs” as they continually look to “alleviate the crisis of unemployment, especially among South African youth”.

It must be noted that the South African government is under pressure to cut spending, particularly on government salaries, as its debt continues to grow. The NYDA chairperson, Sifiso Mtsweni said “the agency remains the hope for young people as it will drive the agenda for socio-economic emancipation.

Which jobs are on the list?

You can see the opportunities available in the public sector by visiting the website of Public Service and Administration. There’s a lot to take in, so another option is to use the NYDA.

What is the NYDA and the jobs Programme?

JOBS is an online database for unemployed youth. It is a product managed through the Skills Development and Transfer unit of the NYDA, and seeks to contribute to the Government’s ASGISA programme and the JIPSA initiative by helping to facilitate the link of unemployed youth to employment and other skills development related opportunities.

The agency can help job-seekers in the following way:

South Africans aged 18-35 who have completed a learnership or a skills development programme or a skills development programme. It also endeavours to help matriculants.

What to do:

  • You can register on our website (, by creating a registration login via the Self Service Portal link on the home page.
  • You can visit any one of their branches and they will assist you in registering. A full list of branches can be found here.
  • Or, you can fax your CV to 086 773 7421.
  • Email your CV to
  • Or call them on 0800 52 52 52 and they will register you.