The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) aims to provide poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed to carry out socially useful activities. This programme aims to do the following:
- To bring the unemployed into a temporary working environment
- The unemployed obtain skills and gain work experience
- The unemployed receive a stipend (allowance)
- To enhance their chances of future employment and/or trigger their "entrepreneurial spirit".
Siyakholwa has been running this project successfully in Cape Town(Delft), Gauteng (Muldersdrift), as well as East London. We currently have registered on the programme 300 Participants.
Marion is one of the many success stories from the EPWP. She is an ambitious, reliable, and punctual woman. Her passion in life is to work with children to improve their lives and to better themselves. She entered the EPWP programme, managed by Siyakholwa Development Foundation, as part of the Bright Future Facilitators participants working with grade 6 and 7 learners at Erica Primary School in Belhar.
The EPWP cycle has ended and Marion has now been offered a position to work at the school as a paid member of the staff. Marion is proof that given the opportunity and having the right attitude and work ethic it is possible to move from unemployed to a valuable and sought after employee and community contributor.