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The Community Work Programme (CWP) is an initiative designed to provide an employment safety net, by providing participants with a predictable number of days of work per month — thus supplementing their existing livelihood strategies and affording them a basic level of income security through work. The programme is targeted at unemployed and/or underemployed people of working age, including those whose livelihood activities are insufficient to lift them out of poverty.

BRC participates in the CWP programme due to the potential and actual impact the programme is having in rural areas in South Africa. International research suggest that social cash transfers “contribute to pro-poor growth by providing an effective risk management tool, by supporting human capital development and by empowering poor households to lift themselves out of poverty” (Michael Samson; 2008 ).

BRC is currently an Implementing Agent in seven sites within the Chris Hani and Amatole District Municipalities (see table below).

BRC has been appointed as an Implementing Agent in two new sites, namely Emalahleni and Inxuba Yethemba, also in Chris Hani District.

In addition to the standard CWP activities (c/f previous report), during the month of June various youth day activities were undertaken. The primary event took place in Sakhisizwe where a local computer lab was opened in Cala town. The aim of the lab is to provide a location for participants to be trained in ICT and enable them to develop CVs and search for work and training opportunities online. The event was attended by councillors and municipal officials who officially opened the labs. Some of the key sectors introduced included: 

  • Sports Management: Participant trained to run sports programmes at local schools and sports facilities
  • Career & Youth Development: Participants trained in Computers to train other participants and to assist participants to develop CVs and search for employment and training opportunities
  • Artisans Development: Training conducted in plumbing, carpentry and other construction activities. 

It is hoped that, through the diversification and through targeted recruitment of youths, BRC can move closer towards achieving youth participation rate targets. 

As an example, a snap-shopt of activities carried out during June 2015

  • In Lukhanji participants painted old classrooms at Mthakazi preschool and repaired their fence which was identified as a security concern for the children. 
  •  In Lukhanji the small artisans programme was launched and the CWP trained plumbers repaired leaking taps and toilets in the municipality and in vulnerable households. This activity creates an opportunity for the participants to establish their own businesses and to reduce water waste in a water-scare region. 
  •  In Tsolwana, participants painted the roof of Raymond Mhlaba Senior Secondary School and repaired doors which were broken or damaged, thus creating an improved environment for scholars.
  • In collaboration with the Tarkastad Development Forum, the participants in Tsolwana have started a youth soccer training programme and supported the establishment of a local soccer tournament.
  • In Great Kei, the Diphini group painted a community hall and the Sotho team is half way to completing tiling in the disabled centre. In the same centre the participants built a ramp to ensure the participants could access the building. 
  • In Mzwini in Great Kei the street gutters were blocked with mud which affected the culvert/storm water drains. The participants cleaned the gutters and the culverts to ensure roads and pavements were not flooded or damaged.  
  • In Engcobo, at Zimasa Pre-School, the participants have completed the roofing and the plastering inside of the building. The project is near to completion
  • In Inkwanka, the participants assisted clearing illegal dumping sites including the site next to  the Methodist church

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