The Presidential Youth Programme 2024/2025 is a golden opportunity for recent graduates in South Africa to gain valuable work experience and enhance their employability. The Department is inviting qualifying graduates to apply for this prestigious programme that aims to provide work exposure for a period of eight (8) months.

The PYP is designed to equip graduates with practical skills and experience in their respective fields. The 2024/2025 edition of the programme features various posts, including the Deployment Programme: Counsellor positions, which are available across multiple provinces.

This initiative is crucial in addressing the high unemployment rates among South African youth by offering them a pathway to gainful employment.

Overview of the Presidential Youth Programme 2024/2025

  • Post: Deployment Programme – Counsellor (X235 Posts)
  • Salary: R 7450.63 per month
  • Provincial Centres and Reference Numbers:
    Gauteng: HR4/24/06/01GP (50 Posts)
    KwaZulu-Natal: HR4/24/06/02KZN (29 Posts)
    Eastern Cape: HR4/24/06/03EC (31 Posts)
    Western Cape: HR4/24/06/04WC (22 Posts)
    Mpumalanga: HR4/24/06/05MP (25 Posts)
    North West: HR4/24/06/06NW (20 Posts)
    Northern Cape: HR4/24/06/07NC (14 Posts)
    Limpopo: HR4/24/06/08LP (24 Posts)
    Free State: HR4/24/06/09FS (20 Posts)


To qualify for these posts, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A three (3) year tertiary qualification majoring in Psychology or Industrial Psychology.
  • Registration with the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Registered Counsellor (Independent Practice) or Psychometrics (Independent Practice) will be an added advantage.
  • Skills and Competencies:
    • Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Counsellors must be able to convey information clearly and effectively to clients, colleagues, and stakeholders.
    • Research Abilities: Proficiency in conducting research is crucial for identifying labour market needs and employment counselling best practices. This skill helps in tailoring counselling services to meet the current demands of the job market.
    • Administrative Skills: Strong organizational and administrative skills are necessary to manage documentation, scheduling, and other support services efficiently.
    • Interpersonal Skills: The ability to build rapport and maintain positive relationships with clients, colleagues, and stakeholders is vital. Counsellors should be empathetic, patient, and approachable to effectively assist job seekers.
    • Analytical Thinking: The capacity to analyze information, identify trends, and make informed decisions is important for developing and implementing effective recruitment and selection strategies.
  • Experience:
    • Practical Experience: While not explicitly required, prior experience in a counselling or related role can be beneficial. It provides practical insights and enhances the ability to perform job duties effectively from the outset.
    • Labour Market Knowledge: Understanding the dynamics of the local labour market, including prevalent job trends, employer requirements, and the challenges faced by job seekers, is advantageous.


Selected candidates will be responsible for:

  • Rendering administrative support services to the Employment Counsellor.
  • Conducting research on labour market needs and best practices in employment counselling.
  • Providing and implementing recruitment and selection services.
  • Networking with stakeholders to verify the quality of services rendered.
  • Registering work seekers.

How to Apply

Interested candidates can apply by submitting their applications to the respective Provincial Operations Chief Director. Applications can be sent via post or hand-delivered to the specified addresses for each province.

Application form: Download the Z83 Government Application Form

Provincial Application Addresses:


  • Postal: Chief Director: Provincial Operations, PO Box 4560, Johannesburg, 2000
  • Hand Delivery: 77 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2000


  • Postal: Chief Director: Provincial Operations, PO Box 940, Durban, 4000
  • Hand Delivery: 267 Anton Lembede Street, Royal Hotel Building, Durban, 4001

Eastern Cape:

  • Postal: Chief Director: Provincial Operations, Private X9001, East London, 5200
  • Hand Delivery: Laboria Building, 03 Hill Street, East London CBD, 5200

Western Cape:

  • Postal: Chief Director: Provincial Operations, PO Box 872, Cape Town, 8000
  • Hand Delivery: 9 Long Street, Corner Riebeeck and Long Street, Cape Town, 8000


  • Postal: Chief Director: Provincial Operations, Private Bag X7263, Emalahleni, 1035
  • Hand Delivery: Labour Building, Corner Hoffmeyer and Beatty Avenue

North West:

  • Postal: Chief Director: Provincial Operations, Private Bag X2040, Mmabatho, 2735
  • Hand Delivery: Provident House, University Drive, Mmabatho

Northern Cape:

  • Postal: Chief Director: Provincial Operations, Private Bag X5012, Kimberley, 8300
  • Hand Delivery: Laboria House, Corner Pniel and Compound Street, Kimberley


  • Postal: Chief Director: Provincial Operations, Private Bag X9368, Polokwane, 0700
  • Hand Delivery: 42a Schoeman Street, Polokwane

Free State:

  • Postal: Chief Director: Provincial Operations, PO Box 522, Bloemfontein, 9300
  • Hand Delivery: 43 Charlotte Maxeke Street, Laboria House, Bloemfontein, 9300


For any enquiries regarding the positions, applicants can contact the respective officials in each province:

  • Gauteng: Mr. V Mazibuko Tel No: (011) 853 0453
  • KwaZulu-Natal: Mr. TB Gumede Tel No: (031) 366 2130 / Mr. NX Ntshingila Tel No: (031) 366 2130
  • Eastern Cape: Mr. N Mtwa Tel No: (043) 701 3032 / Mr. S Joko Tel No: (043) 701 3030
  • Western Cape: Mr. Q Bowman Tel No: (021) 441 8120
  • Mpumalanga: Mr. M Nkotsoe Tel No: (013) 655 8805
  • North West: Mr. MO Maluleke Tel No: (018) 387 8186
  • Northern Cape: Ms. N Litheko Tel No: (053) 838 1632
  • Limpopo: Ms. MS Lebogo Tel No: (015) 290 1662
  • Free State: Mr. S Segalo / Ndabuko Zulu Tel No: (051) 505 6206

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The Presidential Youth Programme 2024/2025 is a remarkable opportunity for South African graduates to gain essential work experience, improve their professional skills, and make meaningful contributions to their communities. By participating in this programme, graduates can build a foundation for a successful career while supporting the development of their provinces.