Workers from City help keep area clean

2015-06-16 06:00
A worker trims trees at the Claremont public transport interchange.

A worker trims trees at the Claremont public transport interchange.

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The Claremont Improvement District Company (CIDC) is delighted that for the first time it has four people from the City’s expanded public works programme (EPWP) joining in to keep Claremont area clean.

These people will be responsible for the gardening, pruning and trimming of trees and weeding and making sure that the Claremont area is well-kept.

This is not only for the benefit of Claremont but to help the homeless as well with something to do.

CIDC executive manager Abdul Kerbel­ker says they are happy to have the people join them.

“Since the programme started this is the first time to have people in Claremont helping out. We could do with more hands, so they will be responsible for parks, roads and the general cleaning. This is not just for the benefit of this area but helping with job creation as well,” says Kerbelker.

The EPWP offers a temporary employment opportunity but there are also long-term benefits. The workers are skilled in the application of fertilisers to ornamental plants and landscapes as well as the application of health and safety principles in horticulture. Their skills extend to controlling weeds manually in plant propagation and landscaping, as well as pruning and shaping ornamental shrubs.

The programme offers further opportunities to those who are willing to share the responsibility to improve their skill set, learn more and grow in their careers. The horticulture training course is open to all workers who have been on the programme for three months or longer.

The only requirements are that workers must be dedicated to their jobs, must take a keen interest in the tasks given to them and must have a good work attendance record. This work ethic is what will stand them in good stead for future sustainable employment.

Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, says the City’s parks department is committed to helping its EPWP workers improve their skills continuously.

“This project is an example of our commitment to preparing our residents for sustainable job opportunities. It is also testimony to the fact that the EPWP is not only for today, but prepares the workers for, and of, the future. It is this type of collaboration between City parks and EPWP staff which will help to make progress possible for unemployed residents in Cape Town and encourage further career development,” says Walker

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