Africa: The Free State Provincial Government held the prestigious 2022 Expanded Public Works Programme awards in Bloemfontein on Thursday, 07 July 2022.
These awards were in recognition of all the people whose hard work ensured that the Expanded Public Works Programme became a reality and brought about visible changes to our communities and to the lives of the participants.
While many have scorned and are quick to look down on this all-important programme, government appreciates its impact on the lives of our people.
Through EPWP, our people, many of whom were unemployed, are now able to feed and bring a certain level of respectability to their families.
Through this programme, over 62 000 work opportunities were created in the Free State province.
“I am particularly pleased by these numbers, particularly given the high unemployment rate in our province.
Many of the people who had their first start in the labour market through EPWP have gone on to do great things for themselves.” Premier Sisi Ntombela
A case in point is Mr Johannes Ramara. Having started out on the programme, Mr Ramara is now employed in the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure. He is but one of many others who have gone on to achieve great things.
“My love for this programme and the participants is, I am sure, well documented by now. I love it because the participants, even though they do not earn much, do important work with absolute dedication,” added the Premier.
Many should take lessons from them and remind themselves of the privilege they enjoy.
Those who earn decent salaries should draw lessons from the selflessness and dedication of EPWP participants, some of whom are highly educated, but because of the scarcity of jobs, they are left with no other option but to participate in the programme.
Congratulations to all the deserved winners. All are worthy winners. #BUILDINGTHEFREESTATEWEWANT