Zuma to officially launch Phase 3 of EPWP in King Williams Town

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by the Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi, and other political principals, is expected to officially launch the Phase 3 of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

The launch will take place at the Amahlathi Community Work Project in Keiskammahoek, outside King Williams Town, on Thursday 3 October.

The EPWP, which was first launched 10 years ago as one of government’s major Public Employment Programmes under the auspices of Anti-Poverty Strategy, has so far created a total of 5.5 million work opportunities.

It covers all spheres of government and Non-Profit Organisations.

According to government, the EPWP Phase 3 will strive to achieve its objectives by creating work opportunities through labour intensive delivery of public and community assets as well as services in order to contribute to development.

In the Eastern Cape alone, the EPWP created about 216 148 work opportunities (most beneficiaries were women and the youth) in 2013 according the Provincial Department of Public Works.

Photo caption: The EPWP, which was first launched 10 years ago as one of government’s major Public Employment Programmes under the auspices of Anti-Poverty Strategy, has so far created a total of 5.5 million work opportunities.