The Tshwane metro plan to combat poverty is giving unemployed locals hope. MMC for community development and social development Peggy de Bruin stated that her department has committed R72.9 million to the city’s extended public works programme (EPWP) in order to create jobs and eliminate unemployment.
She stated that the metro would continue to hire workers for the EPWP program through an “open and fair lottery procedure. The Covid-19 pandemic had a long-term detrimental impact and caused ongoing economic difficulty for many of our people,” she said.
According to De Bruin, the bank yearly assists around 15 000 families and 24 non-governmental organizations. The bank also assists with disaster relief initiatives such as floods and fires. “In turn, the organizations accommodate and provide food support to homeless persons,” De Bruin explained
Reporter: Palesa Maneli