Community Work Programme : Tackling poverty and unemployment | Western Cape Government

Community Work Programme : Tackling poverty and unemployment

CWP participants

The Community Work Programme (CWP) is an initiative by the National Government which aims to provide a job safety net for unemployed and underemployed people of working age. The Programme also offers opportunities to unemployed youth who are actively looking for work.
 

The programme aims to supplement people’s existing livelihood plans by offering a basic level of income security through work. It's an ongoing programme that doesn't replace government’s existing social grants programme but complements it.

CWP sites are being established in marginalised economic areas, both rural and urban, where unemployment is high.  

Participants in the programme work typically 2 days a week or 8 days a month, which provides a predictable income stream.

The CWP is designed as an employment safety net and not an employment solution for participants.

The programme provides them with extra money to support them in their search for full-time or part-time employment. Programme participants do community work, therefore contributing to improvements that benefit all community members.

Success story:

Natasha Davids started as a CWP participant in 2017 at Drakenstein Bewaarskool Early Childhood Development (ECD); she wanted this placement to be able to complete her practical training. She then completed her N6 theory as an ECD practitioner.

She was placed at the Centre as a CWP participant working her 8 days for the programme. She received further training from CWP in February 2018. At the end of 2018, the post of a principal of the Drakenstein Bewaarskool ECD was advertised, Natasha applied and she was appointed as the new principal at the Centre. Her income increased from a CWP stipend of R780 per month to +/- R5000.00 p/m.

"I was so shocked! I never thought I would become a principal one day. I give thanks to God for getting me through this even when I was helping out without getting a salary at first. I started working for CWP and I got paid R780 per month but I never gave up, I pursued my dreams.  I still want to go higher and study further." Natasha said.

Community involvement
The CWP adopted a community development approach to improve service delivery, improve the lives of the vulnerable, poor and marginalised communities and to empower communities.

To check if you qualify to register on the programme, call 012 334 0600.

More information on the CWP is available on their website.


Community Work Programme sites in the Western Cape:

CWP SITES

Implementing Agent

Province

District

Municipality

Beaufort West

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Central Karoo

Beaufort West

Laingsburg

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Central Karoo

Laingsburg

Prince Albert

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Central Karoo

Prince Albert

Bitou

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Garden Route

Bitou

George

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Garden Route

George

Knysna

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Garden Route

Knysna

Mosselbay

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Garden Route

Mosselbay

Hessequa

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Garden Route

Hessequa

Kannaland

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Eden

Kannaland

Oudtshoorn

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Eden

Oudtshoorn

Theewaterskloof

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Overberg

Theewaterskloof

Swellendam

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Overberg

Swellendam

Cape Agulhas

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Overberg

Cape Agulhas

Overstrand

Aids Foundation South Africa

Western Cape

Overberg

Overstrand

Breede Valley

Insika Foundation

Western Cape

Cape Winelands

Breede Valley

Witzenberg

Insika Foundation

Western Cape

Cape Winelands

Witzenberg

Drakenstein

Insika Foundation

Western Cape

Cape Winelands

Drakenstein

Stellenbosch

Insika Foundation

Western Cape

Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch

Langeberg

 

 

Cape Winelands

Langeberg

Cape Flats

Insika Foundation

Western Cape

City of Cape Town

City of Cape Town

Nyanga/Gugulethu

Insika Foundation

Western Cape

City of Cape Town

City of Cape Town

Khayelitsha

Insika Foundation

Western Cape

City of Cape Town

City of Cape Town

Saldana Bay

Insika Foundation

Western Cape

West Coast

Saldana Bay

Cederberg

Insika Foundation

Western Cape

West Coast

Cederberg

Matzikama

Insika Foundation

Western Cape

West Coast

Matzikama

Swartland

Insika Foundation

Western Cape

West Coast

Swartland

 

The content on this page was last updated on 4 June 2019