The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) at the George Municipality which is one of the many programmes offered by the Western Cape Government and the National Department of Public Works, had a successful financial year 2019/2020 with 49 people who were trained as peace officers, traffic wardens, homebased carers, and some completing courses in building, housing projects and an EPWP course.
The programme aims to provide poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed to carry out socially useful activities.
Twenty youth under the age of 35 were trained during the financial year to become Peace Officers and 13 people from the Uniondale and Haarlem area as well as seven people from the George area attended a 10-day training in George and Mossel Bay to become Traffic Wardens. Clinton Potts, one of the attendees of the peace officer training at the Chrysalis Academy in Cape Town was employed as an EPWP Youth Worker at George Municipality Youth Development office.
Seventeen women were trained in home based caring, which included training in first aid level 1, sign language, women’s health, physical care training as well as in counselling.
Nosiphiwosethu Mabhulu did a builder’s course in Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) and a housing project. She registered her business Bulawa Constructions and Catering and passed grade level 1 in general building and Civil Engineering. Mabhulu is still busy with exams to better equip herself and worked on a housing project in Pacaltsdorp, Blanco and Thembalethu. Another four trainees who completed skilled training in carpentry, bricklaying and plumbing registered their own businesses. They also worked on the housing project in Pacaltsdorp.
EPWP Project Coordinator, Gavin Esau and EPWP Data Administrator, Owen Fielies completed an EPWP training course. The training included managerial skills in all the four sectors – infrastructure, environmental, social development sector and the non-state sector in the Municipality. This training of officials is geared to enhance the insight, the knowledge and the skill of the EPWP projects in order to make a difference in society.
The training modules included, the discovery of the vision of EPWP implemented in municipalities in South Africa, Managing EPWP Programmes/Projects, shifting mindsets of people in the EPWP, creating assets in the EPWP, opening doors in the Social Sector of EPWP, valuing the planet and heritage, waste management, implementing community work programmes and improving team productivity.
After School Game Changer Training was conducted by an accredited facilitator from the Seven Passes Initiative and included five EPWP members that worked on contract at the Community Development Section. It forms part of the Provincial Department’s focus on After School Activities, to prevent violent behaviour amongst children and young people. Olivia Appie, Shurmone Van Tonder, Regina Geswindt, Roshen McCallum and Rolinda Meyer attended the course.
Caption: Peace officers: The youngsters and management with their certificates after being trained in peace officers.