COMMUNITY WORK PROGRAMME

South Africa’s high levels of unemployment disproportionately affect the rural poor, who have limited employment options. The Presidency’s Second Economy Strategy, in conjunction with the Special Projects Unit of the Extended Public Works Programme, responded to this critical situation by establishing the Community Work Programme (CWP), which focuses on employment creation for youth and unemployed adults in high-poverty areas across South Africa.

Description

In 2007, the President’s Office appointed Lima and Teba Development to implement the Community Work Programme as a pilot project in Eastern Cape; after the CWP was proved to be successful, it was expanded to all provinces. Lima went on to be appointed by the Department of Cooperative Governance as lead agent to manage programme facilitation and administration in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and North West. Lima partnered with eight local non-profit organisations to implement the project on the ground, as well as managed the payroll of some 63 500 CWP beneficiaries in those provinces. As lead agent, Lima also developed an educational support partnership with the DG Murray Trust to train CWP participants in the ECD sector.

The CWP provides participants with appropriate, transferable skills through formal and informal training and work experience situated in the local economy. CWP work opportunities are provided in agriculture, construction, community safety, early childhood education, environmental services and home-based care. CWP projects and services within each province are selected using participatory planning methods, hence there is a strong sense of community ownership of the programme. Municipalities in which the CWP is implemented benefit through community mobilisation, infrastructural development, increased food security and improved household-level social service delivery.

Currently, Lima is a CWP implementing agent in the Free State until 2017. In partnership with Tholwana e Molemo, we are managing the programme’s 4 500 work opportunities in three local municipalities. We are also providing active technical support to the CWP through the ECD sector, as well as engineering and agricultural services where appropriate.

Impact 
Since 2007, Lima’s role as a CWP facilitating agent has ensured effective programme implementation and administration in more than 70 municipalities across multiple provinces in South Africa. Within the programme’s activities under Lima’s agency, the CWP has provided over 44 000 beneficiaries with a living wage, valuable work experience and transferable skills and training.

Funders
The CWP is funded by the South African government’s Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Geographic Area

Current Geographic Area
Free State

Prior Geographic Areas
KwaZulu-Natal, North West, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga

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