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Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (Act No. 75 of 1997)

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Code of Good Practice for Employment and Conditions of work for Expanded Public Works Programmes

4. Beneficiaries of expanded public works programmes



4.1) The beneficiaries of the programmes should be locally-based (as close to the project site as possible) individuals prepared to work on the specific EPWP.


4.2) In order to spread the benefits as broadly as possible in the community, a maximum of one person per household should be employed, taking local available labour into account.


4.3) Workers from other areas may be employed if they have skills that are required for a project and there are not enough persons in the local communities who have those skills or who could undergo appropriate skills training.Howeverrs from other communities should not exceed 20% of all persons working on a programme.A proper skills audit should be conducted, where possible, in an area where an EPWP is in operation.


4.4) Programmes should set participation targets for employment with respect to women, youth, and people with disabilities.


4.5) The proposed targets are:
4.5.1) 55% women;
4.5.2) 40% youth from 16 to 35 years of age; and
4.5.3) 2% people with disabilities.


4.6) EPWPs should seek to achieve these targets in all occupational categories.