EPWP awareness campaign taken to New Brighten community members
More than 30 community members from Ward 14 to Ward 21 in New Brighton Port Elizabeth attended the EPWP awareness campaign that was held in Nangoza Jebe Centenary Hall earlier this month.
The purpose of this awareness which was organised by Environmental Affairs was to educate the community members about the importance and the purpose of Expanded Public Works Programmes.
Deputy Director Stakeholder Cooperation and Awareness, Tracey Fared said that there are about 14 programmes that are within the environmental sector under the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).
“The key focus of these programmes is to give skills development and provide job opportunities to women, youth and people with disabilities,” explained Tracey.
She said that about 40 thousand people across the country have been employed under these programmes.
“Some of these programmes include Working on Fire (WoF), Working on Waste , Working for Land, Working for Water, Working for Wetlands, Working for Forest, as well as Working for Ecosystem,”
Speaking on behalf of Working on Fire, the Provincial Community Fire Awareness Officer, Wongama Copiso said that WoF’s aim is to enhance the sustainability and protection of livelihoods, ecosystem services and natural processes through the Integrated Fire Management.
“As Working on Fire we are happy to say WoF is the only programme that has a high percentage of women ,” Copiso explained.
One of the community members from Ward 16, Xola Mjekula said that he was very happy to be part of the awareness as it gave them more knowledge about the impact of the EPWP and how they protect the environment.
Following the awareness, community members took the initiative of cleaning some of the streets in New Brighton.