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Premier Mathabatha launches EPWP Phase 3

By Elvis Tshikhudo

The Premier of Limpopo Ambassador Chupu Stanley Mathabatha today launched the EPWP Phase 3 aimed to create job opportunities for the people, the event was held at Tompi Seleka College of Agriculture in Sekhukhune.


Premier Mathabatha said the launch is in line with the objectives of the National Development Plan that of ‘providing work opportunities and income support to poor and unemployed people through the labour-intensive delivery of public and community assets and services, thereby contributing to development.

At national level, the EPWP Phase 3 targets to create 6,38 million work opportunities which would be equivalent to 2,56 million full time equivalent jobs in a period of five years.

He further said as Limpopo we are expected to contribute seven hundred and four thousand, nine hundred and eighty one, which is about 11% contribution.

According to Premier Ambassador Mathabatha, this legacy is mostly manifested through socio-economic inequalities, poverty and joblessness. The Phase 3 of the Extended Public Works Programme is part of government’s multi-faceted approach of dealing with these inherited problems of inequality, lack of jobs and poverty. The EPWAP is a comprehensive inter-governmental, people-centers programme developed programme.

Premier Ambassador Mathabatha urged people not to be destructed by those who have suddenly found a reason to criticise the job opportunities which are availed through EPWP programme.