The DPW is mandated to be the custodian and portfolio manager of national government’s immovable assets.
Following the operationalisation of the Property Management Trading Entity in 2015/16, the department’s role will now be policy formulation, coordination, regulation and oversight relating to the provision of accommodation and expert built environment services to client departments at the national government level; as well as, through the Property Management Trading Entity, the planning, acquiring, managing and disposing of immovable assets in the department’s custody.
The DPW is further mandated to coordinate and provide strategic leadership injob creation initiatives through the implementation of the EPWP. Public works is constitutionally designated as a concurrent function exercised by both the national and provincial spheres of government.
The EPWP is a government initiative aimed at alleviating poverty and unemployment within the South African Communities through the provision of short term to medium term work opportunities to unskilled and unemployed South Africans.
The EPWP participants’ employment period is determined by the project implementation period. Besides, the number of work opportunities created, the programme has successfully made a significant socio-economic impact to the communities through the creation and maintenance of community assets.
Among its major contribution towards the provision of services and assets, the EPWP has maintained over 40 000 km of provincial access roads and provided services to 595 schools through food production gardeners operating within the National School Nutrition Programme.
The EPWP’s training focus, which is in partnership with a number of training providers, remains as one of the most significant parts of the programme.
Source: South Africa Yearbook 2015/16