The Eastern Cape had created 118 181 employment opportunities through the Expanded Public Works Programme II at the end of the last financial year...

The Eastern Cape had created 118 181 employment opportunities through the Expanded Public Works Programme II at the end of the last financial year on March 31, 2011.
A report by the Public Works Portfolio Committee tabled in Parliament states that this was achieved against an annual target of 72 000.
“The Eastern Cape contributed an impressive 18% to national work opportunities. It is now second to KwaZulu Natal.”
The report states that at the end of the 2010/11 financial year, 1 129 projects were reported across all sectors of which the average minimum wage was R61 a day.
Provincial departments were responsible for 503 of the projects, municipalities 433 and national departments 193.
The report states that the province exceeded the 55% target for women by achieving 62% and also that for youth with 48% against a bench-mark of 40%.
The Eastern Cape failed, however, to meet the target for people with disabilities reaching only 0.6% against a benchmark of 2%, although it has undertaken “to develop a strategy to involve people with disabilities” and to involve their organisations.

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