An investigation into factors influencing the success of selected trained contractors who experienced the expanded public works programme.
The primary objective of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) was to contribute to the empowerment of trained contractors with skills, training and work experience to become successful and independent, over time. The EPWP has put in place a training programme to build capacity and capability for trained contractors to develop into business enterprises or employment opportunities. Since its inception, the programme has been criticised for failing to achieve its objective of empowering the trained contractors to become employable or to be successful entrepreneurs. The acquired trainings was criticised for being inappropriate and ineffective and has in some cases, been criticised for being too brief, too general and too unsuccessful in improving the entrepreneurship and employability of beneficiaries. Some trained contractors are unemployed and possibly worse off than before joining the programme. The aim of this study was to gain an understanding of factors contributing to the success or failure of selected trained contractors in becoming entrepreneurs or employable upon exiting the Working for Water (WfW) and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Invasive Alien Species (EKZNW IAS) programmes.