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Expanded Public Works Programme Print E-mail
16 February 2009

 An EPWP project along the Jukskei river to stabilise the bank

 The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is an initiative by government which aims to reduce unemployment and alleviate poverty by creating jobs coupled with training.  The State, organs of the State, provincial governments and municipalities undertake projects for the creation and/or provision of public works services across three sectors: environment and culture; social and infrastructure.


In line with Government’s declaration of war on poverty, the City of Johannesburg has responded by drafting its own EPWP policy and implementation framework which was approved by council.

The focus of the EPWP policy is to alleviate poverty by utilising public sector budgets to draw significant numbers of the unemployed into productive work whilst enabling these workers to gain skills. The policy includes the operations of all the City of Johannesburg’s Municipal Owned Entities (MOEs).

The City established a dedicated unit to coordinate, monitor and evaluate progress in the implementation of EPWP projects. The unit is located in the department of economic development.  An EPWP steering committee has been established which is responsible for the overall EPWP coordination within the City. The steering committee is chaired by the executive director of economic development and representatives from all the city departments and MOEs attend monthly meetings.

Each department and MOE has appointed a dedicated EPWP champion to assist the steering committee in selecting suitable projects for inclusion in the City’s EPWP and learnership programmes. The champions are responsible for ensuring that the planning, design and contract administration of labour-intensive work is carried out by consultants who have completed the necessary skills training. Lastly the champions must monitor and report on the implementation of EPWP projects.

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For more information contact:
Lulama Ndlovu
Deputy Director: EPWP
Department of Economic Development
Cnr Collinder and Chris Hani Road
Diepkloof
Soweto
Tel:  011 989 8012
Fax: 011 989 8000
Cell: 083 239 9512
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