The National Department of Public Works, EPWP Beneficiary Training Directorate convened a five day EPWP Learning Programme training session at the KwaZulu-Natal Public Works offices in Pietermaritzburg. The workshop was an intervention requested by KZN Public Works in order to brief officials involved in the implementation and coordination of the EPWP programme.
(Left to right) Cllr. Martin Mtshali; Mayor of Abaqulusi Municipality, Mfundo Ngubane; Senior Town Planner; Msunduzi Municipality and Ningi Mbanjwa; Deputy Director; EPWP Provincial Coordination
The training was attended by 60 participants from different government departments and municipalities in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The facilitators were chosen from experienced officials in the employ of National Department of Public Works representing the four EPWP Sectors and three cross-cutting units. These facilitators are familiar with EPWP Phase 3 and have recently trained public body officials. The Learning Programme is aimed at enhancing the understanding of the EPWP by officials, implementers, policy makers and politicians. This 5 day training programme covers all aspects of the EPWP programme across all sectors i.e. Infrastructure, Social, Environmental and Culture as well as cross cutting functions i.e. Monitoring and Evaluation, Enterprise Development and Training.
The participants and facilitators at the end of the 5-day Learning Programme
Upon completion of training programme, participants wrote a test and were awarded certificates of attendance. Excitement filled the room at the certificate handover ceremony which was conducted by Ningi Mbanjwa; Deputy Director; EPWP Provincial Coordination and Cllr. Martin Mtshali; Mayor of Abaqulusi Municipality. Ms Mbanjwa commended and thanked everyone for participating in the Learning Programme and made a promise that the Department will continue with such empowering initiatives. “As officials we have to be knowledgeable and become EPWP “cadres” and have the confidence to present EPWP issues even at management level meetings,” Ms Mbanjwa added.
As a key government initiative, EPWP continues to contribute to Government’s Policy Priorities in terms of decent work and sustainable livelihoods, education, health; rural development; food security and land reform and the fight against crime and corruption.