The programme has been rocked by protests in recent years, with its workers demanding to be made permanent after finishing their tenures.
At a workshop for provincial councillors at the Durban City Hall yesterday, Public Works and Human Settlements MEC Ravi Pillay said the programme intentionally had a high turnover of workers because they wanted enrol new people. He also admitted that the department had a responsibility to look at better “exit strategies” for their beneficiaries.
He said the programme has benefited over 20 000 workers in the past year, a direct result of their labour-intensive strategy.
“We don't want machines digging holes and trenches, we would rather see human personnel doing it,” he said....
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