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City aims to create more than 129 000 EPWP work opportunities over next five years<p>​The City’s Mayoral Committee recently approved the new implementation EPWP Phase 4 Protocol Agreement, which proposes that the City of Cape Town create 129 516 temporary work opportunities over a five-year period ending 30 June 2024.<br> <br>The objectives for EPWP Phase 4 is to ensure that the programme will be able to increase its contribution to address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality as outlined in recent successive presidential State of the Nation Addresses. This aims to be done by:<br> <br>• Strengthening the monitoring of the core EPWP principles to improve compliance to the EPWP guidelines, <br>• Streamlining monitoring and reporting mechanisms to track programme performance,<br>• Enhancing the EPWP coordination and institutional arrangements,<br>• Improving performance and the outcome measurement will be achieved through the introduction of Social Audits, <br>• Improve targeting on youth focused programmes and increase demographic targeting for women, and<br>• Ensuring greater synergy between a wide range of Public Employment Programmes and other poverty alleviation programmes.<br> <br>‘With the unemployment rate increasing, especially among the youth, I am glad that we approved the implementation of Phase 4 of the EPWP Protocol.<br> <br>‘EPWP aims to provide a job safety net for unemployed people of working age and should be seen as a stepping stone for better opportunities. Although a lot of EPWP projects are labour intensive, it will still provide skills development and experience as well as favourable references to ones CV. <br> <br>‘In order to offer our participants a broad range of skills and competencies, we have partnered with other organisations to provide accredited training in finance wellbeing, financial literacy, computer literacy, etc.<br> <br>‘I encourage all EPWP participants to make the most of the opportunity given to them. Everyone should work hard in the respective roles they are given. With the skills and experienced gained in this programme, they will be able to apply for permanent or long-term contract positions. <br> <br>‘The signing of the Protocol Agreement serves as a pledge of cooperation and commitment to successfully implement and enable better monitoring of the Expanded Public Works Programme by the City of Cape Town,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.</p>2021-05-18T22:00:00ZGP0|#e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba;L0|#0e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba|Community 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|#c7863ab0-d784-46f9-a426-b623b7bde93c;L0|#0c7863ab0-d784-46f9-a426-b623b7bde93c|Work opportunities;GP0|#0165641f-dd77-4739-b689-11455d8ed14f;L0|#00165641f-dd77-4739-b689-11455d8ed14f|Unemployment;GP0|#ce59e3e3-ee3c-465c-972d-4c09853ff306;L0|#0ce59e3e3-ee3c-465c-972d-4c09853ff306|urban management10

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