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Celebrating 20 years of EPWP<p> Managed by the Public Empowerment & Development (PED) Department in the City's Urban Waste Management Directorate, the implementation of the EPWP at the City has evolved greatly since the early years. Due to the commitment and creativity of numerous officials, the programme can now offer a much greater variety of interesting training and work experience opportunities, transferring skills to beneficiaries and making a lasting difference in their lives. <br> <br> Through concentrated efforts to integrate the EPWP into the City's project planning processes, we are also reaching more beneficiaries than ever. In the 2022/23 financial year, the City provided 43 230 EPWP work opportunities – 124% of target. Furthermore, by the end of May 2024 this financial year, the number of jobs provided had already reached 41 761, spread across 668 different projects. Those 41 761 work opportunities meant that more than R400 million went into local households that needed it most.<br></p> <span><figure><img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/EPWP_Awards_1.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><br> <h4> Some superb growth statistics</h4><ul><li> <strong>>30%:</strong> The increase in EPWP work and training opportunities between 2010/11 and 2022/23</li><li> <strong>465 955: </strong>Total work opportunities provided between 2010 and 2023</li><li> <strong>3 820: </strong>Permanent positions at the City filled by former EPWP participants since 2016<br></li></ul><p>'The growth of the EPWP in Cape Town is a direct result of the effective administration of the programme at the City. The more successful and proactive the implementation of EPWP, the greater the funding from National Government has tended to be. Through meeting and exceeding its targets, the City has been able to increase its grant allocation substantially over the years and is using this increase to reach even more people in need. This is a great example of how a well-run government can make a bigger material difference in the lives of those who are most vulnerable. The number of former EPWP participants who have gone on to obtain permanent employment at the City is a testament to how the programme is a real launchpad to greater things if beneficiaries can make the most of it,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg. </p> <span><figure><img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/EPWP_Awards_2.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><br> <p> The achievements of the City's officials in the implementation of the EPWP are recognised annually at the City of Cape Town EPWP Awards. This year, the ceremony was held at the Civic Centre: Banqueting Hall venue on 25 June 2024. Various projects were recognised across different award categories for excellence in utilisation of EPWP resources.</p><p>Projects recognised at the awards this year that have had a meaningful and positive impact include, but are not limited to:  </p><ul><li>Best EPWP Social Sector Project: Beach Buddies Project – This project employs persons with disabilities to raise awareness and educate residents about the consequences of diving recklessly and other dangers at beaches.</li><li>Best EPWP Environmental and Culture Project – Kader Asmal Skills Development Project – This project deploys participants into several nature reserve management functions from operations to management level, including invasive species management in our dams' catchment areas. </li><li>Most innovative project -  Rapid Deployment and Development Initiative (READI CT) – Contracting EPWP participants as Youth Ambassadors to assist with youth development initiatives, creating awareness and resilience within vulnerable communities in Cape Town using the Community Arts and Culture Development branch's Inclusive Community Methodology. </li><li>EPWP Implementing Team – Winner - EPWP Unit Community Arts and Culture Development.</li><li>EPWP Skills Projects</li><li>Committed Stakeholder Award – Law Enforcement Auxiliary Expansion Programme – recruitment of Assistant Trainee Learner Law Enforcement Officers (ALEOs). ALEOs are involved primarily in crime prevention, patrolling dangerous areas and reporting incidents to their superiors for further action. </li><li>Best exit strategy -  LE Expansion Programme - recruitment of Assistant Trainee Learner Law Enforcement Officers (ALEOs). ALEOs are involved primarily in crime prevention, patrolling dangerous areas and reporting incidents to their superiors for further action. </li><li>Benchmark Project of the Year -  Kader Asmal Skills Development Programme – see above.  </li><li>Best Project Manager: Anthea Davids – Thomas – managed a project to employ 44 unemployed youth and build their knowledge and skills so that they can become facilitators and tutors of learning programmes at local schools and libraries in their respective communities implementing safe spaces that offers academic and life skill support.</li></ul>More info on any of these mentioned projects can be provided on request.<br> <br> <p>All unemployed residents who have not yet registered their names on the City's job seekers database are encouraged to do so as soon as possible to stand a chance of working on these kinds of projects. </p> <figure> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/EPWP_Awards_3.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure><br>​​ <h4> What to know about EPWP registration:</h4><ul><li>Visit your local Subcouncil to register your name with the Jobseekers Database. Please bring a copy of your CV, your ID or a valid South African work permit, and proof of residence.</li><li>It is free. The City will not ask residents to pay for work opportunities or pay to apply for a work opportunity.</li></ul><p>For more information, contact the EPWP HelpDesk on <a>021 400 9406</a> or email <a href="mailto:epwp.help@capetown.gov.za">epwp.help@capetown.gov.za</a>.</p><p> <strong>Caption 1:</strong> (from left to right) Councillor Brenda Hansen; Akhona Nokoyo (Head EPWP CACD) - 1st Runner Up: Best EPWP Social Sector Project – CACD Street People and  Alderman Grant Twigg, Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management.</p><p> <strong>Caption 2: </strong> (Left to right) Councillor Brenda Hansen; Zukiswa Mandlana (Executive Director: Community Services and Health) - Winner: Best EPWP Social Sector Project – Beach Buddies; Willemien du Plessis (Head: EPWP – Recreation and Parks) - 1st Runner Up: Best EPWP Social Sector Project – Cleaning and Minor Maintenance (Sea Point) and Alderman Grant Twigg, Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management. </p><p> <strong>Caption 3:</strong> (from left to right) Councillor Brenda Hansen; Mfundo Tafeni (Head: Invasive Species, Environmental) - 2nd Runner Up: Most Innovative Project – Kader Asmal Skills Development and Alderman Grant Twigg, Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management.</p> <br> <br><br> <br><br><strong>End</strong><br> <p> <br> </p>2024-06-27T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#8116a21d-447e-4cb0-b50d-1fbd04f4b2f0;L0|#08116a21d-447e-4cb0-b50d-1fbd04f4b2f0|EPWP;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#7e14e1c3-153f-429e-8468-5ce9fd1354e8;L0|#07e14e1c3-153f-429e-8468-5ce9fd1354e8|EPWP programme10

 

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