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Atlantis residents queue for jobs

Locals gathered outside electronics manufacturer Hisense’s factory on Wednesday afternoon.

Unemployed Atlantis residents queue outside the Hisense Factory, hoping to find work. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Residents of Atlantis are queuing outside the new factory of electronics manufacturer Hisense in the West Coast town hoping to get a job.

While several factories have closed in Atlantis over the past years leading to high unemployment, Hisense is preparing to open its R350 million operation.

Some residents say they have spent endless nights outside the gates of Hisense in the hope of being the next in line to be employed at the Chinese manufacturer.

Some have spent three months waiting to have their name read from the list as the next worker in the factory but have been left utterly disappointed.

An 18-years-old, Ashwin Seers, is one of the hopefuls.

He says he dreams of the day when he can run home and tell his unemployed parents money will soon be coming in.

To date the electronic manufacture has employed 300 residents but are hoping to increase that number to 1,000 within the next three to five years.

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