Today I oversaw a lottery of over 3 000 beneficiaries for Expanded Public Works Programme work opportunities in the city. The lottery comes after the Executive Mayor led a citywide recruitment drive that saw 120 683 people registering on our central database.
Today's lottery included those members of the programme previously known as "Vat Alles". They will now formerly be known as Gata Le Nna. This loosely translates to "Walk with me".
The reformed EPWP Recruitment Policy Framework was passed by Council on 28 September 2017 in accordance with the principle of good governance which the DA-led multiparty administration adopted as one of its strategic priorities, and which requires the Tshwane leadership to continuously consult with their communities in the lawmaking and governance-related programmes.
One of the proposed amendments to the revised policy includes the registration of eligible EPWP beneficiaries on a central database, with beneficiaries selected through an open and audited lottery-like system.
This random selection is open to public observation and such selection process will also be published in advance in the wards and regions from which the EPWP beneficiaries will be recruited.
"I am pleased to see that after we have registered over 120 000 residents onto our EPWP database, today we conduct the first digital lottery to demonstrate that beneficiaries are indeed selected at random and not on the basis of prejudicial reasons as in the past.
"This process will see the fair and equitable recruitment for EPWP work opportunities so that the burden of poverty, inequality and unemployment may be alleviated to some measure," added Msimanga.
The table below indicates the numbers required per region and per ward:
Total number per region:
The EPWP selection process
The Executive Mayor will not follow a manual selection process; hence, a random selection by the system using variables such as region, ward, skill set, gender, age or disability is used.
Please note that there will not be a re-run of the lottery report. Therefore, there is a need to be guided by the following analogy which should be used as a yardstick for the selection process.
Let's take a case of 55% males from a total of 3000 persons; ie 1650 males (0.55*3000).
Run the lottery report. On the variables, enter the number of beneficiaries as 1650. You may add other variables as explained above. Explicitly indicate gender as 'Male'.
The resultant number of the report (ie, 1650) beneficiaries will be displayed on the report and will be downloaded into an excel spreadsheet, with their contact details for further engagements.
From the above, we know that there are 45% females from a total of 3000 persons; ie 1350 females (0.45*3000).
Run the lottery report. On the variables, enter the number of beneficiaries as 1350. You may add other variables as explained above. Explicitly indicate gender as 'Female'
The resultant number of the report (ie1350) beneficiaries will be displayed on the report and will be downloaded into the excel spreadsheet with their contact details for further engagements.
The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is a national initiative aimed at reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty through the creation of short-term work opportunities, through the use of labour-intensive methods.
Gone are the days where EPWP opportunities were handed out to hand-picked beneficiaries. From now on, recruitment and appointment would be on a fair and transparent basis, such as Tshwane has never seen before.
The City of Tshwane firmly believes that these reforms will win back the trust of communities, which was lost by the previous administration's disastrous handling of public works job opportunities.