Com­pul­sory min­i­mum wage in­crease for EPWP work­ers

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Gugu Myeni

THE De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works has in­creased the min­i­mum wage for par­tic­i­pants in the Ex­panded Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme (EPWP).

With ef­fect from 1 Novem­ber, the daily wage rate has been in­creased from R88.00 to R92.31.

This re­vised min­i­mum wage refers to a wage rate per day and per task per­formed across all EPWP sec­tors.

‘The in­creased EPWP min­i­mum wage is com­pul­sory for all pub­lic bod­ies im­ple­ment­ing EPWP. No re­mu­ner­a­tion below the min­i­mum wage will be al­lowed,’ said Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for EPWP, Stan­ley Hen­der­son.

‘The EPWP is a crit­i­cal gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive which makes a con­tri­bu­tion to­wards a safety net to mil­lions of South Africans who have so­cio-eco­nomic chal­lenges and have the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­vid­ing for them­selves and their fam­i­lies.’

The EPWP is a na­tion­wide labour ab­sorp­tion pro­gramme which pro­vides tem­po­rary work for the un­em­ployed with gov­ern­ment, con­trac­tors or other non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Last month, the King Cetshwayo Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, in part­ner­ship with Pub­lic Works, awarded cer­tifi­cates to 119 par­tic­i­pants who

Ex­panded Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme work­ers at a con­struc­tion site

com­pleted the pro­gramme.

The work­ers had re­ceived train­ing in five lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties within the dis­trict.

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