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Hisense creates jobs in Atlantis

At least 300 residents are now employed thanks to a new factory in their community.

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

CAPE TOWN - Desperate for jobs, some Atlantis residents say they relieved a new factory will be opening its doors in the area.

Hisense officially opened for business in the West Coast town on Thursday and intend recruiting some 300 hundred locals.

The town has been hit hard by the closure of several factories over the past few years.

Resident Aurenchia Gomis says being able to work again has saved her from a drug addiction.

"I was addicted to drugs and I lost my job. I went to rehab and came back to the community where i did volunteer work."

However, a few metres outside the R350 million building, the same cannot be said for Theresa Carelse.

"I did various short courses but I haven't managed to get a job. However, I'm happy that some people have been employed."

The Chinese company hopes to create more jobs in the next few years.