Expanded Public Works Programme surpasses its job target

The Eastern Cape Provincial Government surpassed its target to create 47,500 jobs, with 49 715 jobs through the expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).The achievement shows intentional  commitment to use the  infrastructure expenditure to benefit the poorest of the poor in our province.
The Department of Roads and Public Works committed to identifying 200 emerging contractors for the Integrated Contractor Development Programme but exceeded that target by 20% as 240 emerging contractors have now been identified. Most of the contractors identified have been allocated work by the department. Also the Department continued to implement its Artisan Development Programme (APTCoD) and during the 2015/16 financial year, 775 learners were enrolled. In December 2015,108 APTCoD learners which was against the annual target of 50learners who should pass the trade test by the end of the 2015/16 financial year, those graduated to become fully fledged Artisans. 
The Provincial Government through Department of Roads & Public Works has plans in place to utilise artisans for all forms of maintenance across all government departs. The plans to facilitate the training of youth through the National Youth Service (NYS) – the training provided for the youth in the department’s buildings and roads infrastructure programmes will continue. At the end of December 2015, 500 learners were enrolled into the NYS programme, and a majority have been absorbed by private companies with nearly 100 absorbed by Provincial departments of Education, Roads and Public Works and Rural Development and Agrarian Reform.
This achievement shows Provincial Government’s resolute commitment to using infrastructure expenditure to benefit the poorest of the poor in our province.