MLM Appoints EPWP Youth
Mahikeng Local Lunicipality has appointed 538 young people under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) to serve for a period of 12 months. The 2015 intake has seen an increase of 38, improving from the 500 that served in 2014. The newly appointed youth were welcomed at a ceremony held in the provincial capital recently.
In her address, Mahikeng Mayor, Gosiame Seatlholo said the 2015 intake needed to work hard to maintain cleanliness and order in the city. “Mahikeng belongs to all of us and it is our responsibility particularly residents of this town to make sure that it is clean. Don’t rest on your laurels because our mandate is clear, to work for the community and bring services to the people. When you see a pothole or dysfunctional street lights inform us. Let’s play our part. We welcome you and ensure that you make your mark,” said Seatlholo. She pleaded with members of the community to treat beneficiaries with respect and dignity when they perform their duties. Acting director for infrastructure, Phillip Goeieman said they increased the number of beneficiaries every year.
“Last year we had 500 young people in the programme and this year the number has gone up by 224. According to protocol agreement the number must increase annually. They have signed a one year contract with municipality,” said Goeieman.
EPWP programme manager, Xoliswa Letsapa, said the programme’s mandate was to create jobs, poverty alleviation and accelerate the creation of goods and services. “EPWP participants must ensure that they deliver on the mandate.
Mahikeng can only be clean if the participants put efforts to clean the town,” Letsapa said. She challenged the municipality to go back to its glory days when it annexed the national Kamoso Award for best performing municipality. “Out of 274 municipalities Mahikeng came out tops in 2012. History must repeat itself and the award must come back home,” she said. Letsapa urged beneficiaries to understand that their appointment was only for a year. “This is a one year programme and not more than that. When it comes to the end after 12 months you must look for other avenues such as starting cooperatives,” she said. Beneficiaries thanked the municipality for considering them and promised to work hard in every duty they were assigned to. Those that were offloaded were set to join government’s cooperative and skills development drive. The provincial government has indicated that EPWP beneficiaries would be organised into cooperatives and those willing to go back to school would also be catered for.
Article By Elfas Torerai / The New Age