25 March 2019


South Africa needs educated citizens – Deputy Minister Nel

by: Dineo Thapelo   date: 26 April 2018


Hard work, commitment and dedication have paid off for the Community Work Programme
(CWP) participants who recently graduated with Grade R Teachers
Diploma from the North West University’s
Potchefstroom campus.
Out of a total of 25 participants registered with the NWU in 2015, six finished
their qualification on record time and the
remaining 18 will graduate later in the year. Out of the group, only one dropped
from the programme for personal rea-sons.
The group were initially enrolled to take part in the CWP by the national Department
of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta). During the
course of the programme, Cogta entered into an agreement with the NWU to enrol
those participants with matric certificates for a diploma course, through distance
learning. Cogta paid for their studies.
When they were not attending classes, they worked as teachers’ aide at primary
schools in their respective wards and received a monthly stipend of over R2 000.
According to Tshepang Mareme (26), graduating with a teachers diploma will
ensure she gets full time employment and 

be able to feed her family. She passed matric in 2010 with a minimum requirements
to enrol for a diploma course but
could not do so, due to financial constraints. She started with the CWP in
Community Work Programme is a national
government programme which provides
a safety net for unemployed people
of working age by getting them involved
in developmental community work thereby
contributing to improvements aimed at
benefiting communities.
“Government is executing the mandate
that you gave it to implement programmes
to deal decisively with poverty,
unemployment and inequality by empowering and giving opportunities, especially
to young people and women.
“South Africa needs educated citizens
to contribute in addressing the socio-economic
challenges, brought about poverty,
inequality and unemployment,” said the
Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance
and Traditional Affairs, Andries Nel,
at the graduation ceremony.
He said the CWP provides participants
with opportunities while helping to make
life better through community vegetable
gardens, community parks, maintaining
schools, involved in brick making, providing
home-based care, working at early
childhood development centres, recycling
waste into arts and many other activities