Mayor of Tshwane explains actions around Public Works programme

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga says a march by the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) against what it calls the “city's purging of black workers” is politicking and has disputed claims that workers part of Public Works programme were fired.

The ANCYL, along with a group known as "Vat Alles", have staged a march to Tshwane House and the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum demanding the reinstatement of workers.

The marchers were said to be employed by a Public Works programme and are demanding that they get their jobs back.

Mismanga insists none of the workers were dismissed and explains the objective of the programme. The Extended Public Works Programme is a poverty alleviation programme, he says.

It is also supposed to be a skills programme, where you are taking people between six months and a year. In that year they earn a stipend, they do some work for the government, be it cleaning, it be some kind of admin work.

Solly Msimanga, Tshwane mayor

But you are also supposed to use that time to give them some type of skill so that by the time the contract ends you give them a qualification of some sort.

Solly Msimanga, Tshwane mayor

The grants for the programme come from the Public Works department.

A grant is very specific and it's very clear what its intention is. Its intention is you identify people and upskill them. The moment you start wanting to create more permanent work out of that, you cannot now use that particular grant.

Solly Msimanga, Tshwane mayor

It is politicking. They are lying that there are 10 000 EPW workers that were laid down. That is far from the truth . there were 3 200 Vat Alles people that we have encouraged to re-register on the data base. More than 10% found themselves, through the lottery system, being reappointed again for another year into the current cycle that we are running.

Solly Msimanga, Tshwane mayor

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