Jacques Smalle MP
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is appalled to discover that the Extended Public Works Programmes (EPWP) which are underway in various municipalities throughout the province are being awarded to close allies of the ward councillors and ANC cadres.
People not linked to ANC politicians have been sidelined in most of the programs. No public meetings are being called to give detail to the projects as well as setting out the criteria that will be used to appoint EPWP workers. Instead ANC councilors are using their own discretion to appoint individuals at random in the areas where they reside.
We have received several complaints from activists where programs are underway. Places like Saaiplaas (ward 16) at Elias Motsoaledi , Seshego ,Mmotong wa Perekisi /Blood River , Madimbo, Malale in Musina and most recently the solar project at Blouberg municipality.
Following our close monitoring in these projects, we have established that many of the workers were recommended by the ward councillors and that no transparent process has taken place.
Our Councillors have tried several times to engage all local councillors to raise our discontent about the issue but our attempts were fruitless. EPWP can only benefit the people if it is transparent and the community was involved in the selection of workers participating in the programme.
The DA urges the Department of Public Works to set clear regulations that will give guidelines to all councillors on how to appoint community members irrespective of their political affiliation.
The DA will be writing to the new MEC of Public Works, Dickson Masemola to urgently set regulations in this regard in ensuring that everyone gets a fair chance of participating in the programme.