Following its successful second Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) recruitment drive in August this year, this week the City drew the names of 3 417 applicants for placement.
Names are drawn randomly through a lottery-type selection process. This selection process ensures that the City remains committed to fairness, compliance and equal opportunities.
An audit and verification process is currently underway and as soon as the applicants' particulars have been confirmed, placement within the City's departments will take place. It is expected that the first applicants will assume their duties on 1 December 2019. Their tenure at the City will be for 12 months. The EPWP stipend is R100,00 per day.
The City has committed to run two lottery sessions per month, depending on the departmental demand for resources. The City also encourages those who have not registered on the City's EPWP database to visit their nearest customer care centres to register.
More than 145 145 aspirant EPWP participants have registered on the City's EPWP database since August 2019. The City provided jobs to 20 105 applicants during the first round of database registrations.
The City has set a target to create 27 000 jobs in this financial year through the EPWP. This is done in a context to effect redress, with 60% of the vacancies being filled by women, 55% by youths, and 2% by people living with disabilities, as well as a new 5% indigent target.
"EPWP is one of the efforts to reduce unemployment, alleviate poverty, and provide residents with experience through labour-intensive work opportunities," said the MMC for Human Capital Management and Shared Services, Cllr Richard Moheta, during the lottery session.
EPWP is a nationwide programme covering all spheres of government and state-owned enterprises, and the City supports and participates in the programme by employing workers on a temporary basis with the intention of transferring skills and providing income.