The Community Work Programme is a government programme aimed at alleviating poverty and curbing unemployment. Seriti Institute is one of the Implementing Agents for the government’s Community Work Programme (CWP). Seriti, and its predecessor company, has contributed to the evolving design and implementation arrangements from the start of the CWP in January 2008.The programme is implemented in a defined local area, usually a ward or municipal area called a site in CWP terms. These sites are targeted in the most marginalised economic areas where unemployment is rife and sustainable jobs not forthcoming.
It is an employment safety net for unemployed and underemployed people of working age, which offers access to a minimum level of regular work on an ongoing basis for those who need it the most at local level. The CWP does NOT replace government’s social grants programme but rather supplements it.
One hundred days of work per year, every year...
Each CWP participant has an opportunity to work two days a week (or the monthly equivalent), which translates to 100 days of work spread throughout the year, at a daily rate of R65 per participant.
By the community, for the community..
What makes the CWP different is that work done is done by community members for the benefit of the broader COMMUNITY. All CWP work must be ‘useful work’ which serves to improve the surroundings and/or the quality of life of the people residing in that community. The community plays a vital role in deciding what work needs to be done, to uplift their community. Here are some examples of the types of projects undertaken by CWP to date:
- Setting up gardens
- Fencing food gardens
- Maintaining roads, graveyards, parks, churches and water pipelines
- Doing repairs around local schools and clinics
- Repairing dongas
- Erecting water tanks
- Running programmes for orphans and vulnerable children
- Maintaining gardens for vulnerable households
- Implementing security in the form of guards, where rapes have taken place
- Cutting grass in dangerous areas
As one of the CWP Implementing Agents on behalf of the government, we are proud to say that over 90 000 people have participated in this programme to date. We run the programme in 42 CWP sites in Gauteng, Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, North West and Free State under the auspices of the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG).