The Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate has recommended that the payment certificates of consultants and contractors who do not attach a report on labour working on sites should not be processed.
In a report to the Infrastructure, Engineering, Electricity and Energy Committee, the directorate says there is a need to set up “processes on how to collect local labour statistics created by all NMBM projects”.
The report notes that on October 27 last year Council adopted the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)/Socio-Economic Policy.
In terms of the policy all Council projects are subject to “labour-based design modalities to maximise local supplier development and maximise the absorption of labour”.
The report points out that the second phases of the EPWP being implemented between 2009 and 2014 aims to create two million full time equivalent jobs.
It also introduced the EPWP incentive grant for provinces and municipalities and to qualify for this, local authorities have to report on all jobs created by projects.
The directorate recommends that all contractors and consultants must attach the labour report in the required template and that all directorates ensure it is attached before processing payment.
The data must then be reported to EPWP on a monthly basis.
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