With Business Trust support, the Expanded Public Works Programme provided one million work opportunities a year ahead of schedule.
Public Works  
Investments and markets
Tourism
Business Process Outsourcing
Community Investment
Public services
Education
Infrastructure
Public Works
Partnerships and Resources
Partnerships, dialogue and communications developed
Resources
Communications
Corporate Partners
Board and Management
People in the Projects
Introduction
Exhibit
Stories
Credits
In 2005 the Business Trust set up a support programme to help the Department of Public Works accelerate the implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). The national programme had been established to provide one million work opportunities for the unemployed within five years.
 
The five-year target was met in four years. By 2010 it had provided 1,4 million work opportunities, a plan had been developed to expand the programme four-fold, and funding had been secured to take the programme to a new scale.
The Expanded Public Works Programme Five-year Report 2004/5 to 2008/9, published by the Department of Public Works shows that:
37 000 km roads, 31 000 km pipelines and 1 500 km storm water drains were provided using labour-intensive methods
113 000 work opportunities were provided through the home and community-based care programme, benefitting over 4 million people
the number of children benefitting from care increased from 270 000 to 618 000 by 2009.
The Business Trust strategy was to:
provide strategic support to the Department of Public Works to enable it to implement the national programme
provide operational support to the Department of Public Works to help provinces, municipalities and the private sector contribute to the programme in respect of Infrastructure, the social sector and the environment and culture sector
support the programme evaluation and the development of proposals for its expansion
velop systems, procedures and skills for the expansion of the programme.
 
With Business Trust support, the Expanded Public Works Programme provided one million work opportunities a year ahead of schedule.
 

 
Results
Provide strategic support to the Department of Public Works
Supported the development, review and expansion of the programme
52 targeted assignments undertaken to investigate and clear blockages.
Mid-term review of the Expanded Public Works Programme managed for the Department of Public Works.
Initiatives developed to secure funding for increased capacity.
Infrastructure sector
Provided a basis for recording results and involving large contractors
A management information system was developed to increase the application of the public works guidelines and report on work created. The Large Contractor Programme was set up to create an additional 150 000 person years of work.
Social sector
Management information system developed for the social sector
These systems enabled provincial departments of Health, Social Development and Education to implement the Home and Community-based Care and Early Childhood Development programmes, and report on services provided and work opportunities created.
Environment and culture sector
Waste development programmes developed
Model developed for increasing labour-intensive domestic waste collection by municipalities.
Enabled municipalities to implement a Food for Waste Programme.
Second phase of the EPWP
Enabled the EPWP Unit to design and implement the second phase of the EPWP Programme
This will see a four-fold expansion in the impact of the programme over five years, providing income and work for a million people per year by the end of that period.
Capacity building
Capacity built in the Department of Public Works to manage the expansion of the programme
Systems transferred included:
a management information system to enable government to manage and report on progress
a milestone monitoring system to ensure targets are achieved
a programme for the utilisation of large contractors in the Expanded Public Works Programme
a system to support the management of workers on the home-based community care and early childhood programmes
a programme to support municipalities in the use of labour-intensive methods for the collection of domestic waste in under-serviced areas
a set of systems and procedures for the implementation of the incentive-based scheme for the next phase of the programme.
The creation of a support programme by the Business Trust focussed resources and attention on producing targeted results over a sustained five-year engagement with the Department of Public Works.
 

 
Lessons
Sustained engagement
Sustained engagement is needed if a meaningful contribution is to be made to large-scale public programmes.
Scale of support
Resources must be mobilised at scale and applied creatively to have a meaningful impact. In this case over R100 million was available.
Technical expertise
Sufficient skill is required to grapple with the scale and complexity of the problems to be addressed in large-scale public programmes.
Government capacity
The Department of Public Works created a special unit with the skills necessary to work effectively in the partnership structures mobilised by the Business Trust.
A mechanism is required to channel private support
The creation of a support programme by the Business Trust focussed resources and attention on producing targeted results over a sustained five-year engagement with the Department of Public Works.
Sufficient skill is required to grapple with the scale and complexity of the problems to be addressed in large-scale public programmes.
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