Plans to extend EPWP programme to Hout Bay

An Expanded Public Works Programme worker picking up litter.

The City of Cape Town plans to launch the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) in Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu.

Through the initiative, unemployed people between 18 and 45, will be able to place themselves on the City’s databases for short-term work opportunities which could earn them a stipend.

Driving the project is Aasiyah Allie who said the project would help combat the ever-increasing unemployment rate in disadvantaged communities such as IY and Hangberg.

“Now the City of Cape Town will have access to updated details of unemployed people, as well as an opportunity to create and implement job opportunities with in these communities,” Ms Allie said.

Ward councillor Roberto Quintas said the EPWP ensured that residents had access to working opportunity contracts.

“We have seen crews in Hout Bay get full-time employment as lifeguards, long contracts in landscaping as well as qualifications in that field, long contracts in library work and regular teams involved in everything from road cleansing to solid waste and alien vegetation cleaning,” he said.

“Residents, particularly youth must be reminded that every opportunity to work with contractors and City supervisors, and where they shine, arrive on time, don’t develop a reputation for absenteeism, are willing and eager, can result in opportunities of a longer term and career building nature, as well as provide positive reference letters at the end of their contracts,” Mr Quintas.

Registration for the project will take place in Hangberg at the sports and recreation hall, on Tuesday April 6, from 10am to 2pm. They will then move to Imizamo Yethu from April 19 to April 30, from 10am to 2pm.