An Overview of the Performance and Potential of Public Works Programmes in South Africa
Anna McCord ()
No 49, SALDRU/CSSR Working Papers from Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town
In this paper simple models are used to estimate the impact and fiscal feasibility of 'expanded' public works programmes using the limited data available. The employment creation potential of a R1.2 billion investment in labour intensive construction over three-years is found to represent a maximum of 0.5% of unemployed workdays per annum. The cost to the fiscus of an expanded public works programme able to offer part time employment to a significant number of workers (3.2 million) is found to be between R17 and R28 billion per annum.
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