Gauteng CBPWP Directorate workshopThe Gauteng Directorate of the Community Based Public Works Programme (CBPWP) is in the process of putting in place new systems and new staff. S&T assisted the Directorate to review its performance to date, focusing on issues relating to personnel, expectations, challenges and problems and agreeing on a proposed strategy.
Under discussion were programme issues within the Directorate that relate to implementation, the need to devise a targeting strategy for the province, project identification and selection criteria, and the extent to which the strategies used by the province are in line with the national strategy of the CBPWP. The following immediate key areas were identified:
- The province should undertake its own targeting strategy and spend its budget where it is most needed, focusing on poverty pockets and the best strategies to tackle these.
- It is important to realign the programme within the province, and it was agreed that the province should undertake a brief review in the form of a desktop study.
- A financial audit of projects implemented in the last 3 years must be linked to the design of a new implementation strategy for the directorate.
- Finally, where the need for capacity development is greatest, this must be implemented as a matter of urgency.