Jobless locals asked to sign on for NiCE clean-up

| 17/11/2023 | 27 Comments
Participants in the 2022 Christmas Clean-up at Smith Cove

(CNS): The infrastructure ministry will be funding a shorter than usual National Community Enhancement Winter (NiCE) Project this Christmas. The clean-up will offer jobless Caymanians just ten days work between 4 and 15 December, and unemployed locals can sign up now.

“We are dedicated to giving back to our community and providing opportunities for unemployed Caymanians to actively participate in beautifying our beloved islands,” said Jay Ebanks, the minister now responsible for the programme. “This initiative reflects our unwavering commitment to the well-being of our people,” he added.

All unemployed Caymanians and spouses over 18 years old who meet the criteria are invited to apply. People must be medically fit to work from 7am to 3pm each week day from 4 December on. To sign up go to the link here to complete the application process. Applicants need to supply a photo ID and proof of status or marriage.

Successful applicants will be paid $10 per hour. For more information contact the Secretariat of the NiCE Project 2023 at

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  1. Anonymous says:

    3:16 pm,if we older hard working people was like this
    younger LAZY generation, these islands would still be like
    islands time forgot.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There is absolutely no need for anyone fit enough to work to be unemployed on these islands. With over 50% of the population coming to Cayman to work, why are the government facilitating the lazy to sit around drinking and pestering others instead of forcing them into work or training?

    • Anonymous says:

      Ask anyone who volunteers delivering food for Meals on Wheels.
      The yards have lazy family drinking beer next to shiny new cars , while volunteers deliver food to granny.
      Disgusting entitled lazy wastes depending on handouts .

      • Anonymous says:

        Always remember to give lazy people that don’t work, it has to come from working people. Government takes from working people and gives to lazy people. Someone always has to pay, it’s no such thing as a free lunch.

  3. Beach Cleaner says:

    Many of them are not from here but many of them are.

  4. Anonymous says:

    meanwhile expats do beach clean-ups for free…..
    just another day in wonderland

    • Anonymous says:

      9:30 am, expats do beach clean up to get points for Status. After they get, they stop the clean up.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Not sure why Cayman does not offer this programme year round like what is done on Brac.

    Whatever you want to say about the people who do the road cleanup – at least on Brac they doing a good job.

    Give people a chance to work and make money. And for all the critics-try working along the road, put yourselves in “their” shoes.

    It sucks trying to make ends meet in Cayman when you are a low income earner.

    • Anonymous says:

      How about we deport the people that throw trash out their car windows while driving? Many of them are NOT from here.

      • Anonymous says:

        what the absolute hell does that have to do with the point you are responding to? are you answering the voices in your head or something?

      • Beach Cleaner says:

        Many of them are not from here but many of them are.

  6. watcher says:

    I don’t understand why people have a problem with the road crews.

    “Oh, they don’t work very hard.” Fine. Get up off your hind end and see if you can keep up with them swinging a machete. I know how hard they work, you don’t. I used to be able to do what they do.

    If people are willing to work the road crews, isn’t that better than doing nothing? Isn’t getting some value for their time better than just paying the dole?

    What is wrong with some of you? If your current gig runs out someday, that could be you. Have a heart. Have some compassion.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s the same people every year! Many are unemployed because they lack basic employability traits.

      They’re not swinging machetes, they’re rolling on a bit of yellow paint on curbs.

      If I needed work, I’d go to Burger King or Foster’s, or any other place that relies on imported labour.

      The other issue is a lot of their time is taken up rectifying things like litter from the feral elements of society here. This should be a year round issue to tackle. Employ clean up crews, but also prosecute those who litter or dump.

  7. 345Dude says:

    We as Caymanians have to do better, we have to get up, show up and be counted. I’m ashamed of most of my people, not focused, not willing to work hard, invest, sacrifice, etc. We’re out partying too much, smoking too much, drinking too much….no need to say more here. Point is, if we as a people won’t work, others will be imported here to work. Eventually, they won’t need to marry us, then what will we do???

  8. Anonymous says:

    They can pick up all the bulk waste people were told not to put out but did anyway.

  9. Anonymous says:

    will lunch be provided?

  10. Anonymous says:

    The various labour and employment groups in govt need to get people proper jobs in recognized positions as mechanic assistants or office admin roles etc. Not assigning them to adverse environment conditions as if it was some kind of slave labour. If they need trash picked up, and govt doesn’t already have staff on payroll to do this, put criminals from northward in chain gangs and get them to work.

    • Anonymous says:

      Adverse environment conditions? You mean working outside? OMG, and liking it to slave labor? You cannot be serious.
      Sounds like you have never had a job where you had to work hard. I bet your sit at a desk in the civil service and look at your phone all day.

  11. Anonymous says:

    This annual exercise tidies-up the abundant slack perpetually left year after year from the full-time Public Works Department and National Roads Authority. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to do right the first time? Is there really all this work that isn’t already covered by these budgeted portfolios?

  12. Anonymous says:

    welcome to wonderland…
    people who refuse to work are paid to pick up their own thrash while the police farce is incapable of issuing fines for littering…..

  13. Anonymous says:

    Nah. Its hot outside and I don’t want others to know Im living on welfare. Also, I’m allergic to work and it’ll disqualify me from all my other NAU and handout scams.


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