Consequently, every level of government has initiatives and programmes designed to address the triple challenges. This page will provide you with the information on government initiatives developed to address unemployment.
The Department of Public Works can be contacted for further information on the EPWP. Contact details are available on this link.
The EPWP was launched in 2004 and is currently still being implemented. The EPWP is a nationwide programme covering all spheres of government and state- owned enterprises. The Programme provides an important avenue for labour absorption and income transfers to poor households in the short to medium-term. EPWP Projects employ workers on a temporary or on-going basis either by government, by contractors, or by other non-governmental organisations under the Ministerial Conditions of Employment for the EPWP or learnership employment conditions. The EPWP creates work opportunities in four sectors, namely, Infrastructure, Non-State, Environment & Culture and Social, through:
The infrastructure sector is led by the Department of Public Works (DPW). The Department also collaborates with the Departments of: Transport; Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs; Water Affairs; Mineral Resources; and Energy.
EPWP Infrastructure Sector Programmes
The Non State Sector Programme (NSS) was introduced as the new component for EPWP in 2009. The programme uses wage subsidies to support Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) on their community development initiatives. The NSS comprises of two programmes, namely the Community Work Programme (CWP) and the Non-Profit Organisation. The CWP is area based and is managed by the Department of Cooperative Governance.
The Environment and Culture Sector (E&C)’s contribution to the EPWP involves employing people to work on projects to improve their local environment through programme spearheaded by various departments. The sector builds South Africa’s natural and cultural heritage, and in doing so, dynamically uses this heritage to create both medium and long term work and social benefits.
The objectives of the Sector are as follows:
EPWP Environment and Culture Sector Programmes
The contributing Sector Departments are:
The beneficiaries of the EPWP Social sector are afforded opportunities to undergo training to enhance their abilities in rendering improved social services while providing options for career path or exit strategies into formal and self- employment. Training is accessed through skills programmes and learnerships.
EPWP Social Sector Programmes
Provide education and care to children in the temporary absence of their parents or adult caregivers. Services include provision of child health, nutrition, education, psychosocial and other needs within the context of the family and the community. The beneficiaries are provided with skills to increase their capacity to generate an income hence improving care and learning environment,
Provide basic health services needs by formal or informal caregivers employed in EPWP projects to people in their own homes or home based care that the community can access closer to their homes,
The programme employs community members as food handlers to provide food to children from needy families and thus address malnutrition,
It is aimed at encouraging community members by employing volunteers in EPWP projects to be active in helping to identify community safety priorities for their neighbourhoods,
The programme provides work opportunities to sports coaches and encourages members of the public to participate actively in sports with the objectives of promoting good health, self-realisation, community development and social cohesion, and
It is a Mass Literacy Campaign aimed at inviting adults who missed out on their schooling, and who cannot read nor write, to join literacy classes provided across the country.
For employment opportunities in Waste programme contact the Department of Environmental Affairs on 086 111 2468 or visit their website.
In addition to the above, there are Youth Environmental Services intended to provide training and workplace based experience. Contact Mandy Noffke on 021 701 1397 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ; you can also click on this link for further information.
|Rural Development||Comprehensive Rural Development Programme
National Rural Youth Service Corps Programme
|Social Development||Neighbourhood Development Grant Programme
Home-Based Community Care Programme
Kha ri Gude Mass Literacy Campaign
It is worthwhile to contact your municipality for further information on the government programmes.
Traffic Officers Opportunities:
There are provincial and municipal Traffic Officers opportunities offered at various municipalities. To know more about these opportunities, visit your nearest local municipality and inquire about them or visit this page
Metro Police Constables Opportunities:
The local government/metropolitan municipalities advertise these opportunities when they are available. To know more about these opportunities, visit your nearest local municipality and inquire about them;
Emergency Services Opportunities:
The local government/metropolitan municipalities advertise these opportunities when they are available. To know more about these opportunities, visit your nearest local municipality and inquire about them.