26.2 Socio-Economic Empowerment : Expanded Public Works Programme : Johannesburg City Parks Case Study 2004-2008

Willie Nel , Environmental Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
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  • Paper WAJ Nel GIN Climate Change 31 May 2009.pdf (2.9 MB)
  • The National Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is a nationwide programme which seeks to draw significant numbers of unemployed into the productive sector of the economy, gaining skills while they work and increasing their capacity to earn income.  The programme has been divided into four sectors (environment and cultural, social, economic and infrastructure), each consisting of a number of government departments with one department nominated to lead each sector.  The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has been nominated to lead the environmental and cultural sector.

     The paper will focus on the initial set up and further development and implementation of Johannesburg City Parks Expanded Public Works Programme initiative with specific focus on the socio-economic empowerment of community members and emerging contractors within the Green Industries with the objective to improve service delivery and the quality of life for stakeholders.