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|Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Phase 2: Non State Sector Programme|
The Expanded Public Works Programme Phase 2 was launched in April 2009 with the aim of creating work opportunities for 2 million poor and unemployed people in South Africa so as to contribute to halving unemployment by 2014. According to the Department of Public Works, “public bodies from all spheres of government (in terms of their normal mandates and budgets) and the non state sector (supported by government incentives), are expected to deliberately optimise the creation of work opportunities for unemployed and poor people in South Africa through the delivery of public and community services. Training and enterprise development will also be implemented in sector specific programmes to enhance service delivery and beneficiary well-being”. In November 2009, Planact together with The Greenhouse Project started engaging in the EPWP programme (managed by the IDT) by supporting various community groups to further benefit financially from work stipends and skills development in food gardening and project management. As a result, 270 work opportunities have been created for a period of 100 days over a six month period from November 2009 to April 2010, with Planact and The Greenhouse Project providing management and monitoring support to community groups from Vosloorus and Sebokeng.
The following community based groups are currently benefitting from the EPWP programme: