Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)

(Department of Transport and Public Works, Western Cape Government)

Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)

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The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) focuses on skills development. It is one of the important ways the Western Cape Government is working to reduce the levels of poverty and unemployment in the province. It does this through:

  • Giving unemployed people access to temporary work.
  • Helping unemployed people through skills programmes and work experience.
  • Ensuring that unemployed people receive an allowance for any work they have completed as part of the EPWP.
  • Enhancing EPWP participants’ chances of finding jobs or starting their own businesses.

The EPWP focuses on four sectors:

Infrastructure Sector

The infrastructure sector is led by the Department of Transport and Public Works, together with the departments of Human Settlements, Health and Education, as well as municipalities.

Work opportunities within this sector focus more on labour-related activities (for example maintenance programmes) and are likely to provide regular jobs to large numbers of people.

 

Non-State Sector

The non-state sector is led by the Independent Development Trust (IDT) and includes the Department of Social Development and municipalities.

IDT provides funding to NGOs, who then provide regular part-time work with regular incomes.

 

Environmental and Culture Sector

This sector is led by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, together with the departments of Agriculture, Cultural Affairs and Sport, and Tourism, as well as municipalities.

This sector creates jobs through alien vegetation clearing projects, wetland rehabilitation programmes, waste management and community tourism projects.

 

Social Sector

The social sector is led by the Department of Social Development, together with the departments of Community Safety, Education and Health, as well as municipalities.

The sector focuses on increasing the quality of home-based care and early childhood development programmes, both of which require large amounts of dedication.

 


Who Qualifies to Work on EPWP Projects?

  • Unemployed and unskilled people aged 16 to 35 are eligible to apply.

EPWP Working Conditions

EPWP Conditions of Employment
 

The conditions of employment for EPWP workers are set out in 2012’s Ministerial Determination.

Conditions of employment which do apply include:

  • Types of contracts
    • EPWP jobs are temporary or on a contract basis.
  • Rest Periods
    • EPWP workers are entitled to a 12-hour daily rest period and must have two days off a week. Read more here.
  • Leave
    • An EPWP worker can accumulate 12 sick leave days in a year. This may not be transferred from one contract to another.
    • Workers who work for at least four days a week can get three days paid family responsibility leave each year. More leave conditions.
  • Payment
  • EPWP Working Conditions
    Health and Safety 
    • Employers must ensure the working environment is healthy and safe.
    • A worker must use any personal protective equipment or clothing issued by the employer and work in a way that does not endanger his/her health and safety or that of any other person. More health and safety conditions.
  • Certificate of Service
    • The certificate will reflect any training received by the worker as part of the EPWP and the work performed by the worker.

Conditions of employment which do not apply include:

  • Overtime.
  • Payment for meal breaks longer than 75 minutes.
  • Written employment details.
  • Display of employee’s rights.
  • Severance pay.
  • Termination notice.
  • Sectoral determinations.

Read More on EPWP in the Western Cape:


For More Information contact the EPWP provincial co-ordination office:

Allison Petersen
Tel: 021 483 8528
Email: Allison.Petersen@westerncape.gov.za
TPW: @WCGovTPW

or visit the national EPWP website: www.epwp.gov.za

The content on this page was last updated on 7 March 2016