Gauteng’s new biometric identification system for the
Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) has gone
live at the Helen Joseph Hospital, in Johannesburg,
kicking off the first part of a province-wide deployment.
The cutting edge biometric and facial recognition system is
expected, over the next three months, to overhaul the way Gauteng
runs government’s critical poverty alleviation programme.
The aim is to eliminate corruption, which is hampering the efficient
administration of the programme, with the preceding manual
system used to enrol workers and track time worked, open to
widespread abuse, explained Gauteng Infrastructure Development
MEC Jacob Mamabolo.
The ATM-style kiosks, fitted with the latest face recognition and
fingerprint technology, will biometrically verify the identity of
every EPWP beneficiary, record their attendance on site and the
hours worked � and generate payment reports.
Every beneficiary will now be required to clock-in and clock-out
through the biometric identification terminals, and this will bring
complete transparency, he said, pointing out that it will also assist
EPWP workers to be clear about how much is due to them at the
end of the month.
Mamabolo described the terminals as ATMs where the workers
deposit hours with the option of requesting electronic printouts
showing their banked hours.
This also eliminates ghost workers using false identification
documents to register and the practice of duplicate beneficiaries
where people fraudulently register at multiple sites.
All these loopholes are now closed because our biometric system
conducts data verification to pick up duplicate beneficiaries and
ensures that every person who is enrolled is not only a South
African citizen but meets all the other EPWP requirements, he
Source: Department of Public Works