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.