IT solutions and cybersecurity solutions tendered at a job fair in Gaborones hometown of Gaborona were offered to the public on Wednesday, the latest in a string of moves by the municipality that is seeking to bolster its workforce.

The company said it will offer 50 jobs at the new technology centre and the local workforce is expected to grow to about 2,000 by the end of 2018, up from about 2 and a half million at present.

The first wave of job openings came on Tuesday, when Gaboron-based tech companies including SAP, Microsoft, Oracle and Symantec each announced they were opening up positions at the centre.

The job fair, organised by the Gaboronia’s Technology, IT and Entrepreneurship Council, was open to companies with at least two employees and an annual turnover of over US$10 million. 

“We need to bring in new people to work in this area,” said Gaboroneri mayor Marcelo Zucchetti, who was among those who attended the fair.

“The people who have applied, the ones who want to work, are ready to come here.”

The municipality said it expects to add 500 jobs over the next two years and plans to hire 200 more people in the coming years. 

Gaborones job fair was held to promote the local technology sector and also to showcase its achievements and plans.

The council is set to launch a new national cybersecurity policy on Wednesday with the aim of protecting citizens from cyber attacks, according to Gaboroni city spokesman Eduardo Barreto. 

According to GAB’s online job listing, the company will also create 50 new jobs for people who work in information technology, information security, security operations, and public administration.