Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to visit EPWP Projects in Thaba Nchu, Free State

Thaba Nchu � Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday,13 October 2017, lead a government tour to various Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) projects in Thaba Nchu, Free State to highlight the contribution of the Programme in the socio-economic development of communities in the Free State province.

The EPWP site visit is part of the work of the government’s Public Employment Programme-Inter ministerial Committee (PEP-IMC), which the Deputy President leads.

Deputy President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by various Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, the Premier of the Free State and Members of his Executive Council as well as various senior government leaders.

Media is invited to attend and cover the event as follows:

1. Media Registration

Venue: Thaba Nchu Civic Centre

Time: 07h30

2. Deputy President to lead 2017 Grade 12 signing of the pledge ceremony in the Free State (Separate event from the EPWP programme)

Venue: Albert Moroka Secondary School, Thaba Nchu

Time: 08h00

3. Visit to EPWP Thaba Nchu Public Transport Route

Venue: Thaba Nchu (Selosetsha)

Time: 10h20

4. Visit to EPWP Thaba Nchu Ratlou Complex Renovation and Upgrade

Venue: Thaba Nchu (Ratlou Complex)

Time: 11h20

5. Round-table discussion with EPWP Participants

Venue: Thaba Nchu, St Paul’s Methodist Church

Time: 125

Brief background about PEP-IMC

PEP-IMC is a government structure aimed at achieving better synergy between the EPWP and the other poverty alleviation, employment, enterprise development and skills development initiatives. The Committee also ensures that the government scales up its Public Work Programmes to achieve the 6 million work opportunity target by 2019, as mandated by the President Jacob Zuma.

The Committee, which is chaired by Deputy President Ramaphosa, is composed by Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Director-Generals who are responsible for the implementation of the Public Employment Programme (PEP). In South Africa, PEPs are implemented under the auspices of EPWP which is aimed at creating short to medium term work opportunities for poor and unemployed South Africans.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

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