Deputy Speaker, in terms of the code of good practice for Employment and Conditions of Work for Special Public Works Programmes, the participation targets for EPWP employment must include 55% women, 40% youth and 20% people with disabilities.
Since the state of the nation address of 2013, for the period 1 April to 31 December 2013, a total of 862 291 work opportunities were created. Of these work opportunities, 422 619, that is 49%, were work opportunities for the youth. The EPWP continues to advocate youth participation in its implementation and in its National Rural Youth Service Corps, Narysec, programme throughout the country.
The Community Work programme, CWP, is a programme under the EPWP. In terms of its progress, for the period 1 April to 31 December 2013, a total of 174 855 work opportunities were created under the CWP. Of these opportunities, 84 776, that is 48%, were work opportunities for the youth.
The EPWP has provided beneficiaries with work experience and training. Training relates either to on-the-job training, short courses, skills programmes, learnerships and artisan training. Work experience, together with the training offered, strengthens the beneficiaries' chances of obtaining permanent jobs. In terms of research which was conducted under the 2012 EPWP mid-term review, 87% of the interviewed beneficiaries were employed, of which the majority were still on the EPWP. Thank you.