EPWP workers scrub away the spray

17 Jul 2022 in Where We Govern

The City of Cape Town has recruited several jobseekers from sub-council databases to assist the Law Enforcement Graffiti Unit in cleaning illegal graffiti throughout Cape Town.

Several recruits from the City’s job-seekers database were hired to clean graffiti in the 2021/22 financial year.

The total budget assigned for EPWP support in this area is approximately R1 million. In the past financial year, which ended in June 2022, the teams succeeded in removing 31 407m2 of graffiti during 130 operations.

‘This is a great example of how the EPWP can provide unemployment support, while at the same time performing a valuable service to the community.

‘Illegal graffiti can have significant negative consequences for communities in Cape Town. The practice can create the impression that areas are neglected, and that the community accommodates criminal elements. This can lower property values,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.

The City does, however, support public art as it can do a lot to beautify an area, or to inspire and challenge communities. Artists who would like to explore possibilities of public art should please engage with the City or apply for a public art permit via our website.

What to know about EPWP registration:

  • Visit your local subcouncil to register your name with 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: epwp.help@capetown.gov.za