Corruption-free jobs created on our watch - Maimane

2016-01-13 14:52

Cape Town - Where the Democratic Alliance governs “corruption free” job opportunities are to be found, the party claimed on Thursday. 

Party leader Mmusi Maimane visited a City of Cape Town Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) project in Kensington, Cape Town on Thursday, together with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, and Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. 

Maimane said creating jobs was the priority where the party governed. 

“I am extremely proud of the fact that the DA-run City of Cape Town has implemented the National Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) the most successfully of any city in the country. 

“That's not us saying it. According to the national government, no other government in the country implements the programme as successfully as we do,” he said.

He said the City of Cape Town had created almost 159 097 EPWP work opportunities since 2011, with R555m in direct wages to EPWP workers. 

“That is 159 097 more South Africans with an opportunity to work, [with] invaluable work experience, and a way in which to provide for themselves and their families.”

De Lille, who visited the Women at Work programme, said the wages paid to the EPWP workers meant immediate poverty relief for the poor.

“Our own research has indicated that these wages are ploughed directly into local businesses, creating local economic development within communities.”

She said unemployed residents were encouraged to take up EPWP opportunities by contacting their local subcouncil office in order to register on the City’s job seekers' database.

“The success of this project illustrates our determination to build a caring and inclusive city where EPWP helps us to further freedom, fairness and opportunity for the poor in our city,” De Lille said.

Read more on:    da  |  patricia de lille  |  mmusi maimane  |  helen zille  |  cape town  |  politics  |  labour

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