Despite the of lack of skills amongst the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) beneficiaries, the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development has yet again failed to ensure the transfer of critical skills.
The Department of Infrastructure Development has not met its target of training 2 500 beneficiaries in skills development, coaching and mentorship intervention set for the second quarter of the 2017/2018 financial year.
The EPWP programme is critical for the creation of new job opportunities, mentorship, skills development and coaching especially amongst the youth, women and people with disabilities.
Despite the ANC’s ongoing rhetoric about radical economic transformation, it fails yet again to ‘walk the talk’ as only 165 beneficiaries were trained as part of the Radical Economic Transformation programme. This because the department failed to timeously appoint a service provider to conduct the much-needed training.
By not meeting the targets set, the ANC-led government is once again demonstrating that they do not care about the people or the economy of Gauteng.
The DA believes that a well-run EPWP programme is imperative, as this will ensure that unemployed youth are given the necessary education and skills needed to help grow the economy of the country.
The DA calls on the MEC for Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo to ensure that the remaining 2 335 beneficiaries receive the training they need as a matter of urgency.
I will continue to monitor the work of this department and will continue to put pressure on the MEC to ensure that the department meets its training targets.