Employment-Intensive Investment Programme in South Africa

The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is a short to medium term intervention of the Government of South Africa which seeks to address the triad national challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality through employment creation in provision and delivery of public infrastructure works by application of labour-intensive methods.

The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) started in 2005 and is coordinated by the National Department of Public Works & Infrastructure (NDPWI). Its objective is to alleviate poverty through creation of productive employment coupled with skills development among the historically disadvantaged communities, and thereby contribute towards achieving the national economic development objectives. The project has two components, National and Limpopo province, and works in four sectors, namely the Infrastructure, Social, Environment and Culture, and Non-State Sectors. With ILO's technical assistance, the Programme's scope and focus have continuously been adapted over the years to suit the changing priorities and objectives across its various phases.