Homeless People Must Benefit From EPWP

11 October 2013    



The IFP calls on the Minister of Public Works to explain how the Expanded Public Works Programme benefits homeless people.


IFP Spokesperson on Public Works, Mr Petros Sithole, MP, said "People living on the streets in our major cities must gain access to job opportunities through EPWP. This will help reduce the number street beggars. EPWP is the most effective mode to assist homeless people and not using it to address the issue of the homeless underscores the absence of a cohesive and humane national policy for beggars in this country"


Strong political will has to be evident in addressing issues of the homeless and working alongside NGOs in cohesive and collective action will ensure that we reduce the number of homeless people.


Sithole further stated that "We advise and encourage the government to establish rehabilitation centres for able-bodied street beggars and for the older ones, who can no longer work as vigorously. They also need a place to learn other skills so that they can support themselves"


"The youth need to be our focus, because some move to the cities and end up on the streets because they are trying to get a better life for themselves. By giving them the opportunity to work in their communities through the EPWP, the number of young people on the streets will be reduced. Job security and financial stability will go a long way in helping our people living on the streets" concluded Sithole


Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Public Works, Mr Petros Sithole, 079 311 9995


Or contact 

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 24 5675