Infrastructure programmes

Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)

The EPWP is a nationwide programme which aims to provide unemployment people with productive wprk and training so that they increase their capacity to earn an income. The objectives of the programme are to:

  • use public sector budgets to fight unemployment
  • help workers to earn an income, either through the labour market or through entrepreneurial activity.

There are opportunities for implementing the EPWP in four sectors:


The programme aims to create eork opportunities for unemployed people, especially those living in rural areas. One of the main projects involves construction of rural roads and bridges. Work can be found in building and maintaining infrastructure through the municipalities.

Environment and Culture

This sector has created opportunities for training and employment in protecting our environment. This includes Environmental Rehabilitation, Working for Water, People and Parks, Coastal Care, Land Care, Working on Fire, Wetlands programmes, and Community-Based Natural Resource Management.


The programme focises on Home and Community-Based Care programmes and on Early Childhood Development programmes.


The programme aims to create employment and enhance the ability of workers to earn an income after they leave the programme.

The EPWP has two sub-programmes:

EPWP Contractor Learnership Programme: Vuku'phile

Emerging contractors stand a greater chance of success if they hae been properly trained. Vuku'phile is a programme that gives contractors formal as well as on-the-job technical training. with the involvement of ABSA, learners are also helped to gain access to finance and to develop a financial track record. the programme also gives learners access to a qualified mentor to ensure thar when they finish the programme they know how to tender for and carry out labour-intensive EPWP projects.

National Youth Service (NYS)

the EPWP NYS Programme is an initiative of the Public Works Department which contributes to the artisan skills development programme. The programme is aimed at youth who want to develop their careers in the Built Environment.

Contact Department of Public Works: 012 337 3115
Website for EPWP:
Website for Department of Public Works:
Website for National Youth Service:

The Contractor Incubation Programme (CIP)

The CIP creates an enabling environment within which contracting enterprises with a proven track record can continue to develop into sustainable contracting enterprises. This involves giving steady access to work opportunities. The CIP concentrates on contracting enterprises within the categories 3 to 7 of the CIDB grading.

Contact the Department of Public Works: 012 337 2259

Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG)

The municipal Infrastructure Grant's main purpose is to help municipalities to provide poor people with at least a basic level of service.

Types of projects funded through MIG include:

  • Basic residential infrastructure to the poor, including electricity, storm-water management, water supply and refuse removal
  • Basic municipal services to schools, clinics, police stations, prisons and recreational facilities
  • Public municipal services e.g. emergency services such as fire stations, and community services such as sports facilities
  • Standard basic services to poor business premises.

The MIG programme relies on communities (through ward committees) and municipalities to work closely togehter in meaningfully spending MIG funds to help make basic services available to the poor.

Contact the Department of Provincial and Local Government: 012 334 4993/4

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

The CIDB supports the construction industry by keeping a database of contractors. It supports emerging contractors by not only registering their businesses, but also helping with access to contracts and providing training on understanding the construction industry.

Contact the CIDB: 0860 103 353

Integrated Energy Centres (IeC)

an integrated Energy Centre (IeC) is a non0stop energy shop owned and operated by a community cooperative and organised as a community project. It provides energy services and products, with information on how to use these energy services sustainably.

The IeCs aim to:

  • provide education to communnities, local authorities and businesses
  • give the community access to affordable modern energy sources
  • create key partners to establish a small businesses around the IeCs.

The programme targets rural communities. It can be accessed through the Department of Minerals and Energy, the local Economic Development Manager in minicipalities where there are IeCs and the board members of the cooperative that owns the IeCs.

Contact the Department of Minerals and Energy: 012 317 8025

National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (NURCHA)

This programme provides bridging finance directly to establish contractors, and indirectly, through intermediaries, to emerging contractors for the building of sibsidised housing, credit-linked housing, rental housing and community facilities.

Contact the Department of Housing: 012 421 1787
NURCHA website:
Department of Housing website:

People's Housing Partnership Trust

The Programme supports the People's Housing Process by mobilising communities to form support organisations to administer housing delivery. Through these support organisations, permanent and temporary jobs are created. The trust also does skills-training for Community-Based Organisations on building skills and project management

Contact the Department of Housing: 012 421 1787

National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC)

The NHBRC protects potential housing consumers from unfair home buildres. It aims to provide better services to home builders by overseeing the registration of home builders and enrolment of homes. The NHBRC has also introduced a skills-training programme for contractors. This includes SETA-accredited learnerships in financial management, project management and construction management.

Contact the NHBRC: 011 317 0010

Rural Housing Loan Fund (RHLF)

The National Department of Housing (NDoH) and Cabinetestablished the Rural Housing Loan Fund (RHLF) to contribute to the improvement of the housing and living conditions of poor families in rural ares.

Contact the Department of Housing: 011 621 2500

Social Housing Foundation (SHF)

The Social Housing Foundation (SHF) seeks to access international donor funding and technical expertise in order to help social housing projects in need of support. It provides this technical support to social housing institutions, helping them to establish themselves and keep themselves running. Some of these Institutions, especially co-operative housing, are developed by local communities. The development of these institutions creates job opportunitiesfor local people.

Contact the Department of Housing: 011 274 6200

National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC)

The National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC) aims to find finance for housing from sources outside the state. It provides development finance for housing in the following ways:

  • By funding institutions that provide housing finance for those at the lowest income levels required to afford credit
  • By funding institutions that offer a variety of tenure options for residential purposes, in the under-services segments of the housing market
  • By mobilising savings into the housing process through appropriate intermediaries.

Contact the NHFC: 011 644 9800

Local Economic Development (LED)

Local Economic Development (LED) is an approach to economic development which allows amd encourages local people to work together to bring about sustainable economic growth. LED aims to improve the lives of all South Africans by informing partnerdhips between government, business and communities. The partnerships aim to find and create business opportunities and improve conditions for business to grow.

LED operates in all municipalities - making the most of the economic potential of the local area. Through the opportunities opened by the LED programme, people can join together to achieve economic growth and create jobs.

Contact the Department of Provincial and Local Government: 012 336 5791

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