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City has created 14 547 EPWP jobs to assist in preserving the City’s natural environment<p>In the current financial year from 1 July 2023 to 29 February 2024, the City’s Environment Management department created about 2172 EPWP work opportunities across various projects which includes the following:<br></p><div>•        Kader Asmal Skills Development programme </div><div>•        Carbon Smart Skills Development programme</div><div>•        Invasive Species Management programme</div><div>•        River Warden programme</div><div>•        Rehabilitation of ecological infrastructure </div><div>•        Operational functions at the City nature reserves across the metro</div><div>•        People and Conservation Skills Development programme</div><div><br></div><div>The City’s investment into these job opportunities amounts to R32 million.</div><div><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:600px;" /><br></div><div>‘These hard working teams perform an array of functions within the natural environment of our City. Key focus areas for the EPWP workers are to ensure that invasive species are removed from our nature reserves, critical biodiversity sites, waterbodies and catchment areas; that the firebreaks on our nature reserves are cleared and maintained and that solid waste is removed from our vleis and wetlands for example. We ensure that the teams are equipped with the necessary tools and gear to perform their functions. Informing and educating communities on environmental issues also form part of the programme,’ said the City’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.<br></div><div><br></div><div><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:319px;" /><br></div><div>Since July 2023, 126 trainees were recruited and trained as part of the skills development programmes within the department. To date, a total of 27 trainees have already exited the programme for permanent and longer term employment.</div><div><br></div><div>In the previous 2022/23 financial year, 129 EPWP trainees completed theoretical and on the job training of which 36 have moved on to mainstream employment opportunities. These trainees focused on a variety of skills including project management; project administration; quality control; data collection and management as well as environmental awareness and stakeholder engagement.<br></div><div><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:401px;" /><br></div><div>‘Our EPWP teams play a critical role in the functioning of our various environmental management programmes and the overall maintenance at the City nature reserves. I believe the need for this workforce will only grow as we expand on our efforts to preserve the natural spaces in our ever growing city’, said Alderman Andrews.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>End<br></div>2024-04-27T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#77968416-3900-413b-b02b-c98accb239de;L0|#077968416-3900-413b-b02b-c98accb239de|natural areas;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#6ec4174a-5cde-4fbb-b20f-42e26e79bb87;L0|#06ec4174a-5cde-4fbb-b20f-42e26e79bb87|nature reserve;GP0|#26fc7c91-b796-40b0-b876-e3185e9aaf4a;L0|#026fc7c91-b796-40b0-b876-e3185e9aaf4a|nature conservation;GP0|#8116a21d-447e-4cb0-b50d-1fbd04f4b2f0;L0|#08116a21d-447e-4cb0-b50d-1fbd04f4b2f0|EPWP;GP0|#c0bd80ab-ddde-4d05-9b72-51c84ecc2c9d;L0|#0c0bd80ab-ddde-4d05-9b72-51c84ecc2c9d|jobs10

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