City empowers residents

2015-06-11 06:02

City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) participants with their certificates.

City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) participants with their certificates.

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The City of Cape Town is continually seeking ways to empower its residents through various training and development projects.

Last week 40 participants from the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) received certificates of competency for completing accredited training in garden maintenance. The participants, who completed a two-week training session at the Khayelitsha and Strand City Parks depots, are from the following areas: Kuils River, Eerste River, Mfuleni, Strand and Khayelitsha.

This programme was coordinated by the City’s EPWP Department in conjunction with City Parks, as well as the National Department of Public Works and Agriseta. The comprehensive training focused on applying health and safety principles in horticulture; controlling weeds in plants; and applying fertilisers to ornamental plants and landscapes. With the training received, the participants add to their skill set and employability, and could even consider starting their own garden maintenance company. The City intends to roll out similar programmes in 2015/16.

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little, commended the participants for their devotion and perseverance in completing the training.

‘I would like to congratulate the participants of the programme on their achievement. These residents are now equipped with a skill which will enable them to become more self-sufficient and financially stable. This is the first of many such programmes aimed to assist the most vulnerable members of society,’ said Councillor Little

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