The City of Tshwane will recruit 5,095 expanded public works programme (EPWP) workers starting in November, using an electronic lottery system – or electronic random draw.
Executive mayor Randall Williams said that the city is introducing the new Democratic Alliance-created system to promote transparency in its hiring process.
“The system works independently without any influence by electronically selecting applicants from our EPWP database. Currently, the database has over 150,000 registered jobseekers,” he said.
“This is fundamentally different to how the process occurred before 2016 when the recruitment was politically driven without any form of transparency or fairness.”
Williams said that registration to the system remains open for jobseekers between 18 and 60, with applicants required to include a certified copy of their ID and proof of residence on their registration form.
— Executive Mayor, Randall Williams (@tshwane_mayor) September 16, 2021
The Expanded Public Works Programme is one of the government’s essential programmes to provide poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed.
The programme provides an avenue for labour absorption and income transfers to poor households in the short to medium term.
It typically provides work opportunities in four sectors, namely infrastructure, non-State, environment and culture and social, by:
- Increasing the labour intensity of government-funded infrastructure projects;
- Creating work opportunities through the Non-Profit Organisation programme and Community Work Programme;
- Creating work opportunities in public environment and culture programmes; and
- Creating work opportunities in public social programmes.