CWP provides thirty thousand part time ‘jobs’

2014-02-01 00:00

LIKE a swarm of orange bees, the Community Works Programme yesterday swept through the Pietermaritzburg CBD in a mass clean-up campaign.

The event was to coincide with the “celebration” of 30 000 jobs which the government claims to have created in KZN through the CWP. In 2008, the Public Works Department envisaged a social programme which would facilitate jobs for the poorest in each community.

Yesterday MECs joined the thousands of CWP members in the massive clean-up.

Wearing coveralls and carrying plastic rubbish bags, the MECs walked the streets of the city on a “litter alert”.

Some were more interested in chatting on their cellphones but others did make a token effort to pick up a paper or two.

Njabulo Khuzwayo, a senior development facilitator for the CWP said that he had seen the programme expand over the past few years and it had made a huge impact in the outlying rural areas where there were very few job opportunities.

The candidates who are enrolled onto the CWP are engaged in community projects part-time and they usually work two hours a day and no more than eight days a month, for a small stipend.

Corporate Governance MEC Nomusa Dube said that the clean-up campaign was a tangible way to show that the Government had provided decent work opportunities for our unemployed people.

She said, “The CWP is not only giving work to the unemployed but it is also designed to transfer much needed skills to those who have not had opportunities to acquire skills through formal training.”

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