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EThekwini wins big at EPWP Kamoso Awards
​EThekwini’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)
Co-ordinator Sibusiso Chamane proudly displays one of
two awards received by the City at the second
KwaZulu-Natal EPWP Kamoso Awards.
ETHEKWINI Municipality has bagged two awards in the second KwaZulu-Natal Expanded Public
Works Programme (EPWP) Kamoso Awards that were held in Pietermaritzburg on 18 October.

The Municipality’s implementation of the EPWP was recognised together with the Cleansing and Solid Waste Citywide cleansing programme.

Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Mondli Mthembu commended the City for the accolades. “These awards are an indicator that we are on the right trajectory in the implementation of service delivery programmes. It also encourages us as eThekwini Municipality to do more in rolling out projects like the Expanded Public Works Programme and cleansing initiatives,” he said.

The Expanded Public Works Programme is a government initiative designed to create job opportunities, promote sustainable livelihoods and skills development for vulnerable and unemployed people through labour intensive construction methods and infrastructure related programmes.

The EPWP involves creating temporary work opportunities for unemployed and unskilled people. The work opportunities are combined with relevant training, education or skills development, with an aim of increasing the ability of participants to earn an income once they leave the programme.

EThekwini’s EPWP Co-ordinator Sibusiso Chamane said during the 2016/17 financial year, about 15 000 job opportunities were created through the initiative and about R344 million was spent on ages. Of the 15 000 jobs, 8044 were for a period of one year. “For the current 2017/18 financial year, we plan to create about 24 000 job opportunities for the unemployed, especially women, youth and disabled people.

The target disabled people in this programme is two percent. During the 2016/17 financial year we met the target by employing 300 disabled people,” added Chamane. Another aspect of the awards was the third annual EPWP Indaba 2017 which encourages innovative ideas from participants on the best approaches for EPWP implementation.

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