Marawu’s address launching EPWP Political Committee

MEC Marawu
EC Roads and Public Works MEC Thandiswa Marawu

On September 25, 2014, Eastern Cape Roads and Public Works MEC Thandiswa Marawu Launched the EPWP Political Committee at the Regent Hotel in East London.

“Let me first express my deepest appreciation for this opportunity that brings us together as the departments and municipalities that implement the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).”

South Africa and the Province of the Eastern Cape are no longer the same. However; a lot still needs to be done in rolling back the effects of poverty, unemployment and inequality. The government has developed the National Development Plan (NDP) as an overarching development framework.

The NDP highlights the following:

  • Competitive infrastructure, human resources and regulatory frameworks
  • Reduce poverty and inequality by raising employment, productivity and incomes
  • Ensure that professional and managerial posts better reflect the country’s demography

The NDP is supported by the Provincial Development Plan anchored by inclusive economy, healthy production, educated population and vibrant communities.

In driving socio-economic transformation government will;

  • Prioritise small business support to boost BBBEE
  • Prioritise youth in economic transformation programme
  • Provide six million EPWP work opportunities by 2019

The 2013/2014 financial year marked the end of Phase 2 of the EPWP with the following achievements:

  • 149 867 work opportunities were promised, 176 148 were created
  • Municipalities targeted 225 995 work opportunities, 165 596 were created
  • 40 000 people particularly women employed by Household Contractor Programme
  • 652 learners recruited and trained in APTCoD artisan development programme
  • 500 young people received accredited training under National Youth Service Programme

“We are entering Phase 3 of the Expanded Public Works Programme as launched by the President, His Excellency Jacob Zuma October 3, 2014, in Keiskammahouk.”

The Auditor General’s finds that; “Monitoring of work at municipal level is inadequate resulting in reports which do not present an accurate reflection of work done.’’

All Public Bodies are expected to implement EPWP projects through existing budgets and through Integrated EPWP Incentive Grant.

The Provincial EPWP Political Committee shall be composed by:

  • MEC for Roads and Public Works (Chair)
  • MEC’s of EPWP lead sector Departments
  • District and Metro Executive Mayors
  • SALGA Provincial Chairperson
  • HoD for Roads and Public Works

“It is our collective view that the composition of this committee shall surely change the operations of this programme and also bridge the gaps in the current institutional arrangement.”

I thank you

April 21, 2016; Stanley Henderson on EPWP project. SABC Digital News:

April 28, 2015, President Jacob Zuma launches Expanded Public Works Programme Phase 3, Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape. The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa:

October 27, 2014, Special Edition: EPWP Phase 3 Launch, 03 Oct ’14Working on Fire – WOF TV News Channel:

May 13, 2013; Extended Public Works Programme. CNBCAfrica:


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