The City of Cape Town aims to create up to 25,000 temporary work opportunities through various Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) projects in the 2022/2023 financial year.
The city has set aside a budget of over R500 million from various spheres of government to support the implementation of these projects.
The number of work opportunities could increase if further projects requiring EPWP support are approved, it said.
Work opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Call centre workers
- Data capturing
- Learnerships in various sectors
- Community liaison officers
- Law Enforcement Auxiliary officers
- Traffic wardens
- Field workers
“Attracting investment to Cape Town and growing the economy to create enough jobs for our population will not occur overnight, so a programme like the EPWP is crucial to support marginalised communities in the interim. The modest income derived from these work opportunities does make a big difference in the lives of participants until they can find formal employment,” it said.
The City of Cape Town said it is also making a concerted effort to ensure that these EPWP opportunities provide more than just income support.
“More than 3,600 permanent workers’ positions at the City have been filled by residents who have previously benefitted from the EPWP since the programme began.
“This is a 27% ratio of new permanent workers appointed. EPWP projects are also being designed to maximise skills transfer to participants, empowering them in the marketplace,” said Grant Twigg, mayoral committee member for Urban Waste Management.