The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) focuses on skills development and providing work opportunities. It is one of the important ways the Western Cape Government is working to reduce the levels of poverty and unemployment in the province through giving unemployed people access to temporary work; helping unemployed people through skills programmes and work experience; ensuring that unemployed people receive an allowance for any work they have completed as part of the EPWP; and enhancing EPWP participants’ chances of finding jobs or starting their own businesses.
Through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, the Magnet Theatre EPWP programme has been running since 2014. We have taken 4 youth participants per annual cycle into the Magnet working environment where they gain expanded skills and work experience, enhancing their chances of future employment and/or triggering their entrepreneurial spirit. The interns form an integral part of the Magnet staff and participate fully in all the Magnet activities, learning skills in arts administration, youth development work, creation of new performance, stage management, production management and technical theatre skills. Interns are mentored by the Magnet staff as they build their skills to work independently managing various projects and productions.
EPWPS 2014 – 2020: Asiphe Lili, Lwanda Sindaphi, Siphenathi Mayekiso, Sivuyile Dunjwa, Honey Mene, Lwando Magwaca, Maggi Fernando, Natasha Gana, Vusumzi Badi, Vuyokazi Ngemntu, Yonela Sithela, Qondiswa James, Sydwell Klaas, Zukisani Nongogo, Palesa Mohlala, Sinako Doni, Yamkela Sotapu.