Nelson Mandela Bay launches EPWP programme to clear stormwater drains

OCTOBER 7, 2016

Blocked stormwater drains in Nelson Mandela Bay will soon be a thing of the past, thanks to an Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) that will see more than 220 people employed to unblock and clean drains and catchpits in local areas. 

Launching the programme in the Uitenhage Town Hall, the  Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Cllr Athol Trollip, called on all the residents of the City to support the project by refraining from dumping litter and foreign objects into stormwater drains.

"Today we are launching an important programme that seeks to improve our infrastructure and create the much needed jobs for the people of this City, especially the youth. We must make it our responsibility as residents to clean this city and make sure that the City's infrastructure works well to support economic growth that will in turn create jobs," said Executive Mayor. 

Speaking to the newly employed as he was busy clearing one of the blocked drains in Chase Street, the Executive Mayor told them to take their jobs seriously, because it was important work that would assist the Municipality in delivering world-class infrastructure.

Stormwater drain and canal clearing, creating awareness about illegal dumping in drains and removing overgrown grass in ditches and drains will be some of the work that will be undertaken by the recently employed people.

Mayoral Committee Member for Roads and Transport, Cllr Rano Kayser, stated: "We have committed ourselves to create work opportunities for the residents, under a very difficult economic climate; this will be achieved through a number of initiatives. We took a conscious decision to start an initiativet aimed first at creating work opportunities and also servicing our infrastructure".

Councillor Kayser added: "We have fulfilled the promise that was made by our Executive Mayor as part of his 100 days programme in office and we are going to continue to identify other initiatives that are aimed at work opportunity creation for the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay.

A visibly excited employee of the Programme from Uitenhage, Vanesa Adams, thanked the Municipality for the opportunity. "What makes me happy is that I will be doing a job that will contribute to service delivery and bring a positive change". 

Another employee from Motherwell, Siyabulela Nkosiyaphantsi, said: "As a man of the house, being given an opportunity to put food on the table is dignity restored for me. This opportunity will go a long way in changing the fortunes of my family".