An evaluation of the expanded public works programme in the infrastructure sector in the Western Cape

Laattoe, Sherizaan (2014-12)

Thesis (MBA)--Stellenbosch University, 2014.


Unemployment and poverty are two key issues that South Africa continues to struggle with. The Expanded Public Works Programme was introduced by Government to not only address these but to half unemployment by 2014. This study assesses the Expanded Public Works Programme’s performance in terms of creating jobs within the Infrastructure Sector in the Western Cape. Since the jobs being created by the Expanded Public Work Programme are only temporary, the study explores what, if any, additional support or training is provided to beneficiaries to aid their exit into long term employment. The findings reveal that unfortunately job creation targets are not being met. Furthermore the training provided to beneficiaries are inadequate to impact their transition into the market. Consequently beneficiaries are left unemployed yet again. Some barriers that the programme encounters include: inefficient institutional arrangements caused by complex and intergovernmental structures, lack of commitment by role-players to implement labour intensive construction methods which are fundamental to the achievement of creating jobs in the infrastructure sector and the lack of delegated authorities driving the objectives of the programme.

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