ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
22/07/2016
 
For Immediate Release
 
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa Visits EPWP Projects in Inanda - Durban
 
A high-level government delegation led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa visited Inanda, north of Durban on 21 July to evaluate the progress and impact of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), a national project set to create six million job opportunities by 2019.
 
Ramaphosa, Chairperson of the Public Employment Programme Inter-Ministerial Committee and champion of government’s anti-poverty programmes, was accompanied by Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MEC’S, Mayor of eThekwini James Nxumalo and traditional leadership.
 
The delegation began the site visit at the Durban Green Corridor where over 100 local youth are equipped with skills in various sporting codes including canoeing and mountain biking.
 
The site visit proceeded to Zibambele Poverty Alleviation Programme which was launched in 1998 by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government to alleviate poverty and create work opportunities.
 
This project mainly targets women-headed households so that they are empowered with the skills they need to access employment opportunities. It created 40 000 job opportunities in the 2015/2016 financial year.
 
The government delegation also handed over three houses to families residing in Ndabenhle area at Inanda. The beneficiaries were selected through War Room interventions. A War Room is an operation centre where all government sectors are required to provide integrated transversal services to communities.
 
Ramaphosa commended the commitment by communities to the growth and sustainability of EPWP.
 
“I was very proud and amazed to see the high level of skills transferred and training opportunities to mostly youth and women benefitting from these programmes. The sharing of encouraging testimonies that beneficiaries feed their families with this income was overwhelming,” he said.
 
Ramaphosa added that the visit was part of his duties as Chairperson of the Committee tasked with creating employment and contribute to households’ income to alleviate poverty within communities.
 
“We want to ensure that the programmes impact positively in the lives of the people and to see what more can we do to take them forward so that many people benefit,” he explained.
 
Mayor James Nxumalo said to-date, the Municipality has reported the highest number of work opportunities with a figure totalling over 134 000 which is higher than other municipalities in the country.
 
“For the next three years, the Municipality is targeting, among others, to create 90 000 EPWP job opportunities. For 2015/2016 financial year alone the Zibambele Poverty Alleviation Project created 40 000 work opportunities in eThekwini,” he said.
 
Ramaphosa applauded eThekwini for heeding government’s call to create development opportunities especially for women and youth.
 
“Today I learned that some of the youth trained at Inanda sports facilities, are participating in provincial and national sports competitions. We look forward to see these youngsters representing us in the 2022 Commonwealth games,” he added.
 
Ramaphosa wrapped up the day by interacting with thousands of community members at Mqhawe Sports Ground where housing developments and skills audit was done. Finding solutions to address social ills and the challenges youth in the area faced, was on top of the agenda.
 
Ramaphosa said he would work with local and provincial structures to speedily address the issues raised by residents.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality Head of Communications Unit, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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