In­fra­struc­ture key driver in job cre­ation – pub­lic works

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form of short- to medium-term op­por­tu­ni­ties which ad­dress the needs of the peo­ple in the prov­ince.

The depart­ment’s head of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Mlungisi Maqubela, said the ini­tia­tives or pro­grammes were run un­der the ban­ner of the ex­panded pub­lic works pro­gramme (EPWP), which in­cludes the na­tional youth ser­vice, con­trac­tor de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, EPWP mas­si­fi­ca­tion place­ments, the township re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion pro­gramme, clean­ing and green­ing pro­gramme, as well as a ceme­tery clean­ing ini­tia­tive.

Maqubela said as an in­fra­struc­ture driver and im­ple­ment­ing agent for in­fra­struc­ture re­lated projects for client de­part­ments like the depart­ment of health, ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, they en­sure that work op­por­tu­ni­ties and skills trans­fer ini­tia­tives are ad­hered to for the ben­e­fit of un­skilled lo­cal labour within com­mu­ni­ties and emerg­ing con­trac­tors.

“Our job cre­ation ini­tia­tives cut across the prov­ince. In the Man­gaung metro for ex­am­ple, these ini­tia­tives in­clude those un­der the EPWP, the township re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion pro­gramme in Bot­sha­belo, Dewest­dorp, Wepener and Thaba Nchu as well as mas­si­fi­ca­tion at the Rat­lou com­plex,” Maqubela said.

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