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Cape Town picks up two awards for implementation of EPWP

The City of Cape Town, South Africa has picked up two of the three awards available for its implimentation fo theExpanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

The City of Cape Town, South Africa has picked up two of the three awards available for its implimentation fo the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). This programme was set up some years ago by the National Department of Public Works and aims to provide opportunities to people by providing a range of positions in various public sector programmes and projects. At the municipal level, local governments are encouraged to use EPWP in the roll-out of most large-scale programmes and projects.

The first was in the category of ‘Social Sector: Best Municipality.’ Highlights these include:

Creation of 4 000 work opportunities through innovative projects;

Employment of 500 street people to clean cemeteries and kramats;

Employment of 240 home-based carers focusing on delivering services in Manenberg, Heideveld, Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Atlantis, etc.;

100 youths trained in partnership with the University of the Western Cape and employed through EPWP;

Employment of 60 unemployed graduates in the Social Science stream as part of our Drug and Substance Abuse Programme in communities and schools;

240 Workers trained to become trainers within communities on the prevention of domestic violence;

Employment and training of 165 workers in the establishment and maintenance of food gardens;

Cleaning and greening of health care facilities; and Sports coaching and after-school programmes.

Cape Town's second prize was for the ‘Environment and Culture Sector, Best Metropolitan Municipality.’ Significant achievements here include:

The Kader Asmal River Cleaning Project – More than 2 300 work opportunities created. Project activities included clearing of alien vegetation and river cleaning. Project featured on Carte Blanche focusing on the return of flamingos to the Black River;

The Area Cleaning Project – more than 10 000 work opportunities created.

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