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The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) has its origins in the Growth and Development Summit (GDS) of 2003. At the Summit, four themes were adopted, one of which was ‘More jobs, better jobs, decent work for all. The GDS agreed that public works programmes ‘can provide poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed to carry out socially useful activities.

This Programme is a key government initiative, which contributes to Government Policy Priorities in terms of decent work & sustainable livelihoods, education, health; rural development; food security & land reform, and the fight against crime & corruption.

EPWP subscribes to outcome 4 which states “Decent employment through inclusive economic growth.” The EPWP has been established and mandated by Cabinet to create work opportunities according to the set targets and across all its four sectors, namely: – Infrastructure, Non-State, Environment & Culture, and Social sectors. One of the prescripts of the EPWP is to use labor-intensive methods which allow the drawing of a significant number of participants into the Programme to do the work.

Background EPWP Phase 2

The EPWP Unit in the Department of Public Works prepared a strategic review of the first phase of the EPWP which was presented to Cabinet in June 2008. This review was based on extensive evaluations of the first phase of the programme and made a number of key recommendations for the second phase of the programme to increase the scale and impact in the second phase.

While the EPWP achieved its target of one million work opportunities one year ahead of time, some constraints were identified that limited its further expansion. These included the limited authority of the Department of Public Works to demand contributions by provinces and municipalities, the lack of incentives in place for provinces and municipalities to maximize their employment creation efforts, lack of capacity among certain public bodies, and insufficient political mobilization in some areas. Improved mechanisms were required to making fighting unemployment a priority for all spheres of government.

Objectives of the EPWP Phase 2

To create 4.5 million work opportunities for poor and unemployed people in South Africa to contribute significantly to halving unemployment by 2014, through the delivery of public and community services. Public bodies from all spheres of government (in terms of their normal mandates and budgets) and the Non-State sector (supported by government incentives) are anticipated to optimize the creation of work opportunities for unemployed and poor people in South Africa through the delivery of public and community services.

Training and enterprise development are implemented in sector-specific programs to enhance service delivery and beneficiary well-being.

Department of Public Works

Switchboard: 012 406 1000/2000

Physical Address:

Central Government Offices (CGO)

Cnr Bosman and Madiba (Vermeulen) Street,



Postal Address:

Private Bag X65