Getting Involved with Model
The Portfolio Committee on Public Works has urged the private sector to get involved in rolling out phase two of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). The Department of Public Works appeared before the Committee today to present its revised EPWP Integrated Incentive model, which will see more non-state actors being included in the programme.
According to the Department, the first phase of the programme created more than a million work opportunities in a space of five years, but the scale of unemployment and poverty in South Africa required the response to the problem to be far bigger.
The Department revealed that 244 municipalities (up from 199 municipalities) were now eligible for incentive grants. To further improve this second phase, the Department piloted three funding models, namely a wage subsidy, expansion incentive and performance-based incentives.
Committee members questioned whether the Department would have sufficient capacity to monitor municipalities to which it had given incentives. Committee member, Ms Phumzile Ngwenya-Mabila said that during oversight visits the Committee had undertaken, they often discovered that there was no individual responsible for reporting on EPWP projects.
by Kanyisa Ndyondya