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Mayor Patricia de Lille (middle) joined workers on the City’s Women at Work programme in Kensington. The City is calling on more residents to use the opportunities in the City’s expanded public works programme.

Mayor Patricia de Lille (middle) joined workers on the City’s Women at Work programme in Kensington. The City is calling on more residents to use the opportunities in the City’s expanded public works programme.

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Mayor Patricia de Lille inspected and helped with the work being done in Kensington by employees of the City of Cape Town’s expanded public works programme (EPWP).

Visiting the area, De Lille helped with the Women at Work programme, in which women are trained to do road maintenance. They work hard to attend to the 12 200 potholes repaired by the City every month.

This project is primarily geared towards facilitating gender transformation in the workplace by giving women opportunities in a traditionally male-dominated environment. By doing this, the City aims to address some of the structural inequalities faced by women in the economy.

Since 2011, almost 160 000 EPWP work opportunities have been created, with R555m being spent on direct wages to EPWP workers.

“Although the EPWP work is temporary, the various opportunities and extensive training empower the workers by increasing their employability. Job opportunities include on-the-job training for students, and positions as general cleaners, data collectors or capturers, community liaison officers, clerks and operators,” De Lille said.

“Our efforts have also been recognised by the national department of public works, who awarded us three Kamoso Awards for the pioneering EPWP projects we have implemented. For 2011/12, our social development and early childhood development directorate was honoured as the Best Municipal and District Project in the social sector, while the energy, environmental spatial planning directorate was named the Best Innovative Project in the environmental and culture sector. The most recent accolade was in 2014/15, within the Social Sector: Best Municipality category for the EPWP workers we employ in home-based care, awareness drives, substance abuse programmes, the rehabilitation of street people and as beach safety officers,” added De Lille.

For the current financial year, the City will spend an additional R139m on work opportunities.

Unemployed residents are encouraged to take up these opportunities by contacting their local subcouncil office to register on the City’s job seeker database.

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