13 December 2017

South Africa: Building a City of Opportunity Based On Fairness


By continuously rotating beneficiaries of the Expanded Public Works Programme, the City of Tshwane will be able to ensure that the spending on programme is spread out across the city, creating more opportunities, for more people over a longer period.

When I came into office as Executive Mayor one of the key promises I made was to ensure that residents of this city were treated fairly and equitably. As such, I identified that one of the major areas in which this could be achieved was in reviewing the city's approach to the recruitment of workers in the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

The city receives funding for the EPWP by way of a national grant which is then used to create temporary employment in the city. The goal behind this process is that those who are employed in the programme are done so on a limited period before they are they rotated out to allow other beneficiaries the chance to access these work opportunities. During their time of employment they are supposed to be capacitated with skills so that when they leave the programme they can find permanent employment.

However, under the previous administration instead of ensuring that EPWP workers...

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