Durban - Phase Two of the government's Expanded Public Works Progamme (EPWP), which will be used as a mechanism to further create job opportunities and contribute to halving unemployment by 2014 is expected to be launched in March.
Addressing the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in Durban on Tuesday, Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge said R5 billion had been allocated over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework to scale up the EPWP.
"The aim is to create two million full time equivalent jobs for poor and unemployed people in South Africa so as to contribute to halving unemployment by 2014, through the delivery of public and community services," he said.
The Phase Two of the programme will be launched in March 2009 and will target 2014 as per the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. Implementation is to commence on 1 April 2009.
Minister Doidge affirmed that Phase Two will also have a fiscal incentive for public bodies to create EPWP employment through providing R50 for every person-day of work created, adding that this will be phased in over the next two years to all sectors, provinces and municipalities.