Request for Comments on Draft 3rd Edition EPWP Infrastructure Sector Guidelines

Dear SAICE Member,

A delegation of the Department of Public Works’ Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) and the CBE,  met with an ECSA delegation on 9 June 2014, to explain the EPWP as a Government Employment Creation Programme that seeks to utilize Labour Intensive Methods in Infrastructure Delivery. Significance of the EPWP in addressing unemployment challenges was outlined, together with the achievements that have led to Phase 3 of the programme with an increased target of 6 million work opportunities, thus demanding capacity building of the various role players.

Kindly see the email  below from the Chief Director, EPWP Infrastructure, hereunder, requesting SAICE’s comments on the attached Draft 3rd Edition EPWP Infrastructure Guidelines.

SAICE members wishing to submit comments in connection with the Draft 3rd Edition EPWP Infrastructure Guidelines are requested to do so via the SAICE Blog on this link before end of business on 14 July 2014, which will allow SAICE three days to collate these responses and submit to Department of Public Works before their EXTENDED deadline of 17 July 2014. Click here to view full guidelines

Comments received after this date will not be included in the SAICE collated response.


Steven Kaplan

Chief Operating Officer

South African Institution of Civil Engineering

Cell:    +27 (0) 83 441 4982

Tel:     +27 (0) 11 805 5947

Fax:    +27 (0) 11 805 5971





Dear Johan,

Warm Greetings from the EPWP,

The EPWP is in the process of revising the EPWP Infrastructure Sector Guidelines in line with EPWP Phase 3 and current developments.  Based on their important role in EPWP implementation, we are consulting Consultants on an individual capacity, and were wondering whether the voluntary associations eg. SAICE, SAACE would be interested in commenting on the Guidelines.  I do understand that there is as yet no formal linkage, which we intend to pursue soon, but we are giving it a shot for which I can be guided further.

However, in the event, you find it feasible, I am forwarding to you a copy of the appended Draft 3rd Edition EPWP Infrastructure Guidelines for comments by the relevant voluntary associations. The inputs and comments can be provided in tracked form or other format that suits the purpose.

Comments and input can be submitted to Gamelihle Sibanda; and copy to Albert Uriyo; before 10 July 2014 for consolidation, review, finalization and printing.

We look forward to your continued co-operation in up-scaling job creation.


Best Regards,


Albert Uriyo // Training Advisor – ILO/ National Expanded Public Works Programme // Centre Walk Building // 266 Pretorius Street// 6th Floor, Room 611 // Pretoria// 0002// SOUTH AFRICA
T. +27 87 357 2310 // C. +27 83 627 2296 // Email.;

3 Responses to “Request for Comments on Draft 3rd Edition EPWP Infrastructure Sector Guidelines”

  1. Dr Pieter Strauss

    Paragraph 3.1 refers. Concrete pavements have successfully (in terms of riding quality and structural strength) been constructed on the high volume high speed roads in South Africa eg. Edwin Swales road in Durban, several concrete sections on weigh stations operated by SANRAL. Persons that can be contacted include Kevin Pickard at and Louw Kannemeyer at SANRAL

  2. Theuns Eloff

    Labour intensive construction (LIC) in my opinion is a waste of time and money. It is expensive and slow. We should be focusing on supplying more services to the community. In road construction you could do ten times more work in the conventional way of construction. rather supply a community 10km road, instead of 1km. Utilise the community to do labour intensive maintenance, This is more sustainable as community members could be employed for longer periods, three-ten years instead of building a road labour intensively for three months. Most maintenance is already labour intensive (LIM). LIM =Cleaning of roads and stormwater, cutting of grass, sealing of cracks, roadsigns, roamarking, potholes, slurry etc. LIC creates 200 person months job for 1km, LIM creates 1200 person months job for 10km. 10km roads for a community creates wealth, 1km road does nothing.

  3. David McCormick

    Spelling error in title “Intensive” (doc cover)
    Appendix B, Roads. Other labour intensive construction items;
    1. Concrete kerb and channels
    2. Concrete lined side drains. (Concrete lined drains are more durable and easier to maintain than stone pitched drains)


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