Al­le­vi­at­ing poverty, pro­vid­ing train­ing is the aim

Vuk'uzenzele - - General -

The EPWP re­mains a good story to tell in our work of de­liv­er­ing a bet­ter life for all. The Pro­gramme faces chal­lenges though. There are par­tic­i­pants who ex­pect the Pro­gramme to cre­ate per­ma­nent jobs for our peo­ple.

The pub­lic or even par­tic­i­pants in the pro­gramme have de­manded the op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vided by the pro­gramme to be made per­ma­nent.

Al­though many par­tic­i­pants have found per­ma­nent jobs af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in the EPWP, it must be stressed that the Pro­gramme is not aimed at cre­at­ing per­ma­nent jobs.

The EPWP was de­signed as a way to al­le­vi­ate poverty and cre­ate work and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for un­skilled peo­ple, while de­liv­er­ing so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­men­tal as­sets and ser­vices.

EPWP min­i­mum wage

The Min­is­te­rial De­ter­mi­na­tion sets EPWP wages. The cur­rent daily wage for the EPWP is R83.59, but many pub­lic bod­ies pay par­tic­i­pants more than this.

De­spite the good work the EPWP has done to fight poverty and un­der­de­vel­op­ment in our com­mu­ni­ties while cre­at­ing work and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, the EPWP is not the per­fect so­lu­tion to the coun­try’s high un­em­ploy­ment rate.

(Photo: DPW)

The EPWP aims to al­le­vi­ate poverty and cre­ate work, while de­liv­er­ing im­por­tant de­vel­op­men­tal as­sets and ser­vices.

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