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EPWP COVID–19 Response on Track

April 17, 2020

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure

191 non-profit organizations (NPO) are currently being contracted to recruit Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) participants to participate in the EPWP COVID–19 response to the pandemic.

The public works and infrastructure department decided in March 2020 to recruit EPWP participants to assist in national government’s response to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, the department confirmed that the plan is to recruit 25000 EPWP participants via NPOs.

The securing of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure that participants are properly protected once they are deployed into communities is a key consideration.

“The DPWI has commenced with the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPEs), finalizing service level agreements with NPOs that are compliant to the requirements of the Central Supplier Database, and developed a distribution list of participants per NPO, province, and district.”

The response will focus on 10000 EPWP participants conducting a public health education and awareness programme; 10000 EPWP participants conducting screening (no testing) within communities and 5000 EPWP participants providing support to quarantine sites (including surface cleaning of public places; and in provision of services such as cooking of food, serving of food and cleaning) once PPEs have been secured.

EPWP participants will be contracted for the COVID-19 work for a period of three months.

According to the department, the contracting of NPOs and the recruitment of EPWP participants is set to be completed by the end of this week.

The department stressed that steps will be taken, in close cooperation with the health department, to ensure that EPWP participants are properly trained, briefed and protected before deployment into communities.