SOCIAL SECTOR CONFERENCE TO ASSESS EPWP PHASE 3 SOCIAL IMPACT AND JOB CREATION PROGRESS

The Social Sector departments led by the Departments of Social Development and Public Works will host the 12th annual Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Social Sector Conference at Ingwenyama Sports and Conference Facilities in White River, Nelspruit - Mpumalanga Province from 01 until 04 March 2016.

This conference will be held under the theme, "Advancing People's Power for Revitalisation of mining communities through EPWP Social Sector Interventions". It will also serve as an opportunity to assess progress made by EPWP Phase Three of the Social Sector. During the launch, the EPWP social sector participants will share testimonies about the impact of the social sector initiatives towards improvement of their lives.

At the launch of EPWP Phase 3 in October, President Jacob Zuma indicated that the Phase 3 target for EPWP (2014 - 2019) is Six Million work opportunities and out of this overall targeted figure; the projected work opportunities to be created by EPWP Social Sector was One Million and Thirty Seven (1 037 000) work opportunities by the year 2019.

The Social Sector has created Two Hundred and Seventy Two Thousand Two Hundred and Seventy Three work opportunities as at the end of the third quarter of 2014/15 financial cycle.

President Zuma also emphasised during the launch that, "In particular, in Phase 3 we want to place increasing emphasis not just on reaching work opportunity targets, but also pay greater attention to the quality of the services that are provided and the new assets created - schools, clinics and multi-purpose centres built with EPWP participants."

Conference delegates will participate in various commissions to discuss topics relating to labour, Distressed Mining Communities, Social Sector Training Strategy, Interventions on Monitoring and Evaluation and Reporting as well as Mainstreaming and Institutionalising Disability in EPWP Phase 3.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the EPWP Social Sector Conference planned as follows:

OPENING OF EPWP SOCIAL SECTOR CONFERENCE

Date: Tuesday, 01 March 2016

Time: 09h00 - 16h30

Venue: Ingwenyama Sports and Conference Facilities in White River, Nelspruit - Mpumalanga Province

CLOSING OF EPWP SOCIAL SECTOR CONFERENCE

Date: Friday, 04 March 2016

Time: 09h00 - 13h00

Venue: Ingwenyama Sports and Conference Facilities in White River, Nelspruit - Mpumalanga Province

Media can RSVP by contacting Mr Jaconia Kobue - 073 026 1111 / jaconiak@dsd.gov.za or Justice Ditshego - 079 4977426 / justiced@dsd.gov.za

Source: Social Development Republic of South Africa

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