South Africans Convinced Government Will Terminate EPWP in KZN After Elections

South Africans Convinced Government Will Terminate EPWP in KZN After Elections

  • The KwaZulu-Natal government has decided to extend its Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)
  • The Department of Public Workers said the decision was brought on by the need to strengthen its fight against unemployment and poverty
  • South Africans were confident that the extension was a campaigning gimmick and that the programme would be scrapped after the elections

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The KZN government promised to extend the EPWP
Mzansi thinks the KZN government will scrap the EPWP after the elections. Images: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images and Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images
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KWAZULU-NATAL—Although the KwaZulu-Natal government announced the Expanded Public Works Programme extension, many in South Africa believe it will only last until the elections.

EPWP to be extended: KZN government

SABC News reported that the KZN Department of Public Works announced it will expand the EPWP programme. MEC Sipho Nkosi said the department aims to create thousands of jobs in KZN over the next half-decade to curb poverty and tackle unemployment.

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The EPWP was launched in 2003 and is a temporary employment programme for unskilled and unemployed people. Over the years, it has faced various challenges, including unpaid workers, community members complaining about exclusion, and not enough opportunities or resources.

South Africans have no faith in the government

However, Facebook netizens were unconvinced that the government was sincere about creating more jobs through the programme.

Richard Munwanati said:

"This programme is supposed to be preparing young people for better positions. Instead, councillors use it to enrich themselves."

Mamaila Mmabathi Letsoalo said:

"I wish the Limpopo provincial government could do that as well."

Sizwe Pholoba said:

"The aim is to get more votes."

Carachy Mashile slammed the EPWP workers.

"Are they really working? Because most of the time, they sleep under a tree."

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Ramatee Ranala said:

"After the elections, when they win, they will terminate these programs that they did not budget for. This is just electioneering."

Nhlanhla Nhlanhla said:

"They are begging for votes."

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Ramaphosa visited Pietermaritzburg when the workers held a mini protest and chanted his name while he delivered his speech. Ramaphosa did not address them and said the ANC would continue to create jobs through the EPWP.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email:

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