City’s EPWP recruits assist in crime prevention

14 Jul 2022 in Where We Govern

EPWP recruits are currently undergoing a Learner Law Enforcement training course and will be appointed as Learner Law Enforcement officers if successful.

The Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg recently conducted an oversight visit at a training session of EPWP recruits who are undergoing the Learner Law Enforcement training course.

If successful, they will be appointed as a Learner Law Enforcement officer, who is eligible for appointment as a Law Enforcement officer after a minimum of two years.

Learner Law Enforcement Officers perform the same duties/functions as Law Enforcement Officers, including visible patrols throughout the city, attending to by-law contraventions, and assisting other enforcement agencies with crime prevention duties.

For the 2021/22 financial year, 425 candidates participated in the Learner Law Enforcement training programme, with a 90% success rate.

‘Critics of the EPWP sometimes argue that this is merely a cheap source of labour for municipalities; however, this and other similar programmes demonstrate that the City of Cape Town is working earnestly to ensure beneficiaries receive more than temporary employment and short-term income support.

‘More generally, since the programme’s inception, more than 3 600 permanent worker positions have been filled by residents who have previously benefitted from the EPWP programme. This represents approximately 27% of new permanent workers appointed. We are doing what we can, wherever possible, to transfer skills to beneficiaries and provide them with a pathway to permanent employment,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.

‘The City’s enforcement training programme is hands down the best in the country, with recruits completing comprehensive peace officer training, including curricula determined by the relevant SETAs, and regular refresher training throughout their careers. Over the last few years, we have taken up numerous challenges and policing priorities that were previously not deemed to be local government functions. Over time, the City has played an increasingly larger role in combating crime and a host of other challenges, like liquor enforcement and metal theft enforcement. Not only are we making a meaningful contribution to public safety, but also job creation,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member, Alderman JP Smith.

What to know about EPWP registration:

  • Visit your local subcouncil to register your name on the Jobseekers Database. Please bring a copy of your CV, your ID document or a valid South African work permit.
  • It is absolutely free. The City will not ask community members to pay for work opportunities, or pay to apply for a work opportunity. For more information, contact the EPWP HelpDesk on 021 444 0032 or email