Greenville – Fisantekraal Housing Project a home for EPWP opportunities

26 Oct 2022 in Where We Govern

The Greenville housing project in Fisantekraal near Durbanville is a partnership between the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government, and developer, Garden Cities, and has created EPWP opportunities for unemployed residents.

The Urban Waste Management Directorate is excited to report that the project has been designed in such a way as to maximise support for unemployed residents and transfer skills they can use to find further employment. For the 2021/22 and 2022/23 financial years combined, a total of 120 planned EPWP work opportunities are linked to this construction.

Recruits perform a variety of duties such as basic bricklaying, plastering, plumbing, carpentry and general labour. Approximately R76 500 000 has been budgeted for this initiative.

‘The City of Cape Town is thinking creatively around how to maximise the benefits offered by the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) wherever possible. Many jobs require candidates to have a certain level of experience, even for entry-level positions. The EPWP is a way for unemployed people to gain this experience, while at the same time helping with putting food on the table. With this in mind all departments in the City are being encouraged to make use of EPWP resources as much as they can,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.

‘Our human settlements projects, such as this one in Fisantekraal, is based on partnerships, innovation, inclusion and meaningful economic growth. The skills training and EPWP aspects are testament to this quest. The R157 million City budgeted part of the project comprises the construction of 1 019 subsidised housing units and we are very proud of the progress that has been made as well as the opportunities that this project has unlocked for the community and beneficiaries. The local labour component in all the work we do is very important as we aim to walk with deep footprints of opportunity in our communities through our services and projects,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi.