THE EPWP MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME
The EPWP Maintenance Programme is one of the sub-programmes of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), which aims to the absorption of youth, women and Persons with Disabilities, who are contracted into the programme. They are fully and actively involved in the physical maintenance, repairs, site clearance and cleaning of schools targeted at various Wards within identified municipalities. The programme also offer various skills transfer to individual participants. As ‘an implementing agent of choice’, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works is set to lead, coordinate and manage the programme. Key common stakeholder partners on board are the Wildlands Conservation Trust, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, being the major funder to the programme, the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Development and all other Municipalities where participating beneficiaries get registered from various Wards.
The impact and value of the programme is twofold: Schools’ premises are kept clean and remain a ‘danger-free zone’ whilst schools’ assets are always maintained for continued effective use. The environment ultimately remain free from any health risk towards the pupils and educators.
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