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.
shows Provincial Government’s resolute commitment to using infrastructure
expenditure to benefit the poorest of the poor in our province.