Public works moves into Top Gear

Speech by the Limpopo MEC responsible for the department of public works, road infrastructure Honourable  Azwinndini Jeremiah Dingaan  Ndou on the occasion to open the 3rd provincial EPWP summit on the 26 August at the Bolivia lodge Polokwane

Thank you Programme Director

Acting Head of Department

Officials from the National Department of Public Works led by the Deputy Director General for EPWP Mr. Stanley Henderson

Senior management of the department

Entire staff members

Ladies and gentlemen

 

Today marks the official opening of the third Provincial EPWP Summit which follows last night’s Gala Dinner where all the mayors from the municipalities in our province gathered under one roof to sign the Protocol Agreement on the successful implementation of the EPWP Programme.

From what we experienced during last night’s signing by all mayors, one could feel that indeed the third phase of the programme is destined for greater heights. Every mayor signed for their respective municipalities, and now the ball is in your hands to ensure that you come up with strategies and measures that will move the province forward.

During the departmental strategic planning session that was held in Bela Bela recently, Public Service Commission reported that as the provincial department we are not performing to satisfaction in the creation of jobs. Most worrying is that people with disabilities are the least beneficiaries.

Meeting here today and for the next two days, we must all work together to reverse the trend and ensure that the Expanded Public Works Programme becomes the sector of choice for all as far as job creation is concerned.

As the department we have recorded a notable progress in the first and second phase, and going forward let us make it our business that the less fortunate and the youth reap the rewards that come with EPWP. We will provide political support and monitoring of the progress in the implementation of the programme.

The onus lies with you as you embark on your commissions. The aspirations and hopes of the people of Limpopo are on you, because in you they see those individuals who will rescue them from the claws of poverty.

I wish all the commissions everything of the best as you will be going out to discuss the challenges and success experienced within EPWP so as to pave the way forward for a smooth implementation throughout the province. Work together with the national delegation which is here with us to provide guidance throughout the summit.

Thank you

 

CLOSING ADDRESS BY THE MEC FOR COGHSTA, HONOURABLE MAKOMA MAKHURUPETJE, DELIVERED ON BEHALF FOR MEC AZWINNDINI JEREMIAH DINGAAN NDOU ON THE OCCASION TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE 3RD EXPANDED PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME SUMMIT ON THE 27TH AUGUST 2014 AT THE BOLIVIA LODGE, POLOKWANE.

Thank you programme Director

Executive mayors present today

Mayors of Local municipalities,

Chief Whips

Members of the Mayoral Committees of different municipalities

Representatives from the National Departments

Representatives from ILO

Acting Head of Department

Senior management and staff of the department

Municipal managers present

Invited guests

Ladies and gentlemen.

 

I am standing before you today on behalf of the MEC for Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure, Azwinndini Jeremiah Dingaan Ndou who is out on other official duties, to present the closing remarks of this 3rd EPWP Summit in the province of Limpopo.

The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is a national flagship programme, seeks to address the single greatest challenge facing this country today which is unemployment and poverty. As we emerge out of this Summit we must all commit ourselves to deliver on the resolutions that came out of this gathering.

Our effort to transform the government continues to occupy our central focus. As the coalface of service delivery, we are moving ahead to construct a capable responsive government and to attack poverty and economic marginalization in order to restore public confidence.

We need to leave this summit with a clear understanding of what we collectively, and individually, need to do to fulfill our people’s aspirations, and to deliver the undertaking we have made, as part of government, to ensure a better life for all our people.

Programme director

I firmly believe, once more, that this Summit has accorded us a viable opportunity and enabling environment for clinical analysis and assessment of our performance over the years. It also provided us with a clear-cut vision and formidable way-forward for the years to come.

At the end of this two-day intensive session of deliberations, we are now clear on the direction we want the province to take in the foreseeable future of EPWP.

As we leave here today here today we must be indispensable as a collective school of shared learning, a common compass and a platform of mutual accountability.

In our municipalities we must be steadfast and strive towards contributing to the reduction of unemployment especially amongst the youth and people with disabilities. We can only do this if we become fair in everything that we do, for the unemployment has no boundaries, it affects everyone, irrespective of their background.

What is of utmost importance, and that will assist us in averting the challenges that we experienced in the previous two phases, is to increase community participation. We can achieve this through being more visible as leaders in this programme by taking allowing ownership especially by the poor.

We must also place more emphasis on the quality of implementation, through the quality of service being delivered, and this can only be achieved if we appoint qualified service providers.

Let us go out there and raise awareness amongst EPWP staff and equip them to be the ambassadors of this phase whose aim is provide work opportunities and income support to the poor and the unemployed.

We must also engage all the stakeholders on the progress made for the smooth and well-coordinated implementation, but also commit to learn from the past mistakes.

In conclusion I call upon all executive mayors and mayors, with their technical managers to commit themselves to participate actively in this phase so that they ensure that implementation is done in the right way.

We have all taken note of the Summit resolutions and what is left of us is to ensure that they see the light of the day.

Thank you.

 

CLOSING ADDRESS BY THE MEC FOR COGHSTA, HONOURABLE MAKOMA MAKHURUPETJE, DELIVERED ON BEHALF FOR MEC AZWINNDINI JEREMIAH DINGAAN NDOU ON THE OCCASION TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE 3RD EXPANDED PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME SUMMIT ON THE 27TH AUGUST 2014 AT THE BOLIVIA LODGE, POLOKWANE.

Thank you programme Director

Executive mayors present today

Mayors of Local municipalities,

Chief Whips

Members of the Mayoral Committees of different municipalities

Representatives from the National Departments

Representatives from ILO

Acting Head of Department

Senior management and staff of the department

Municipal managers present

Invited guests

Ladies and gentlemen.

 

I am standing before you today on behalf of the MEC for Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure, Azwinndini Jeremiah Dingaan Ndou who is out on other official duties, to present the closing remarks of this 3rd EPWP Summit in the province of Limpopo.

The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is a national flagship programme, seeks to address the single greatest challenge facing this country today which is unemployment and poverty. As we emerge out of this Summit we must all commit ourselves to deliver on the resolutions that came out of this gathering.

Our effort to transform the government continues to occupy our central focus. As the coalface of service delivery, we are moving ahead to construct a capable responsive government and to attack poverty and economic marginalization in order to restore public confidence.

We need to leave this summit with a clear understanding of what we collectively, and individually, need to do to fulfill our people’s aspirations, and to deliver the undertaking we have made, as part of government, to ensure a better life for all our people.

Programme director

I firmly believe, once more, that this Summit has accorded us a viable opportunity and enabling environment for clinical analysis and assessment of our performance over the years. It also provided us with a clear-cut vision and formidable way-forward for the years to come.

At the end of this two-day intensive session of deliberations, we are now clear on the direction we want the province to take in the foreseeable future of EPWP.

As we leave here today here today we must be indispensable as a collective school of shared learning, a common compass and a platform of mutual accountability.

In our municipalities we must be steadfast and strive towards contributing to the reduction of unemployment especially amongst the youth and people with disabilities. We can only do this if we become fair in everything that we do, for the unemployment has no boundaries, it affects everyone, irrespective of their background.

What is of utmost importance, and that will assist us in averting the challenges that we experienced in the previous two phases, is to increase community participation. We can achieve this through being more visible as leaders in this programme by taking allowing ownership especially by the poor.

We must also place more emphasis on the quality of implementation, through the quality of service being delivered, and this can only be achieved if we appoint qualified service providers.

Let us go out there and raise awareness amongst EPWP staff and equip them to be the ambassadors of this phase whose aim is provide work opportunities and income support to the poor and the unemployed.

We must also engage all the stakeholders on the progress made for the smooth and well-coordinated implementation, but also commit to learn from the past mistakes.

In conclusion I call upon all executive mayors and mayors, with their technical managers to commit themselves to participate actively in this phase so that they ensure that implementation is done in the right way.

We have all taken note of the Summit resolutions and what is left of us is to ensure that they see the light of the day.

Thank you.

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