Train­ing em­pow­ers

The Rep - - ROUND & ABOUT - By Abongile Solundwana

THE roads and pub­lic works depart­ment has ini­ti­ated a turn­around strat­egy to pro­duce su­per­vi­sors for ‘house­hold’ con­trac­tors un­der the Ex­panded Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme (EPWP) fol­low­ing a disclaimer re­ceived from the au­di­tor gen­eral.

The depart­ment re­cently trained 48 peo­ple from the eight mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the Chris Hani dis­trict as su­per­vi­sors.

Project man­ager Si­mon Makambi said the train­ing was worth R250 000.

A progress re­port was also com­mu­ni­cated to mea­sure the per­for­mance of the EPWP in the area.

Depart­ment communications man­ager Sisanda Ge­orge said there was a con­sen­sus that work was needed to roll back the ef­fects of poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and in­equal­ity via the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan which fo­cused on a grow­ing and in­clu­sive econ­omy, a healthy pop­u­la­tion, an ed­u­cated pop­u­la­tion and vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties.

Ge­orge said the youth would be pri­ori­tised in the eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme, adding that the new EPWP phase three would build on the pre­vi­ous year's suc­cess by pro­vid­ing six mil­lion work op­por­tu­ni­ties by 2019.

Out­lin­ing the achieve­ments of the depart­ment through the Com­mu­nity Based Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme he said it con­tin­ued to res­onate with the needs of the poor­est peo­ple.

Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties had cre­ated jobs but had not reached their tar­gets.

“Un­der-per­for­mance has been un­der­pinned by a num­ber of fac­tors, namely lack of the req­ui­site ca­pac­ity to un­der­take labour in­ten­sive projects, fo­cus­ing more on the in­cen­tive grant and not re­port­ing on their core projects and late plan­ning.”

The depart­ment was cur­rently pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal sup­port to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to as­sist them in nu­mer­ous chal­lenges, Ge­orge said, with its main con­tri­bu­tion to poverty al­le­vi­a­tion through the flag­ship House­hold Con­trac­tor Pro­gramme in which 40 000 peo­ple in the prov­ince, par­tic­u­larly women, are cur­rently em­ployed.

The depart­ment had re­cruited and trained 650 learn­ers into an ar­ti­san de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

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