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Department of Public Works launches EPWP District Political Committee in Chris Hani

Department of Public Works launches EPWP District Political Committee in Chris Hani

The Department of Roads and Public Works is launching an EPWP (Expanded Public Works Programme) District Political Committee and Household Contractor monitoring tool in Chris Hani on the 09th December 2014 at the Apostolic Church (Opposite the Queens Casino on the N6), Queenstown.

As the Department responsible for the overall coordination of the EPWP, the MEC saw it fit for the Department of Roads and Public Works to convene and give leadership in EPWP through the establishment of EPWP Political Committees both at Provincial and District levels.

On the 25th September 2014, the EPWP Provincial Committee was launched by the MEC. In attendance at the occasion were the Ministers of Public Works Thulas Nxesi and Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti.

At the beginning of the political term, the MEC for Roads and Public Works, Ms. Thandiswa Marawu, deemed it necessary to establish EPWP Political Committees as a way to ensure greater coordination and political leadership by all Public Bodies implementing EPWP.

A key consideration in this regard was the realisation that current institutional arrangements for the coordination of the EPWP lacked the necessary political gravitas to guarantee effective implementation in a manner that ensures accountability at political, administrative and beneficiary levels.

The District EPWP Political Committee will be chaired by the District Executive Mayor and Regional Senior Manager- Ms. Lindiwe Ngeno who will account on behalf of the technical committee and will report on the status of technical committee at a regional level.

The District Committee will be responsible for the following functions:

  • Create an enabling environment for the implementation of EPWP as a flagship job creation policy of government.
  • Enforce the inclusion of EPWP in the departmental and Municipal strategic and annual performance plans.
  • Unblock challenges that have been identified by the Secretariat in the implementation of EPWP
  • Assess and make decisions on the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of EPWP
  • Access and review quarterly reports on the implementation of EPWP across sectors and spheres of government.

“Whilst the Department of Roads and Public Works is the custodian and the lead coordinating Department in respect of EPWP, all Public Bodies are expected to implement EPWP amenable projects through their existing budgets and allocations made through the Integrated EPWP Incentive Grant” said the MEC.