The City of Tshwane has started with its Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) lottery recruitment drive.

The capital is the first city to implement the lotto system where suitable candidates are selected by a computer system to prevent nepotism and cronyism when recruitment is done.

This is the second lottery recruitment the city is conducting, the first was in 2017.


The number of registered participants has increased from 120 000 in 2017 to over 150 000 for this drive.

Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Randall Williams, says the system was improved to also include skills, age, regions where job seekers are staying and whether they are indigent or not.

“The EPWP system will then determine through algorithm who shall be chosen. Because in the past the way the EPWP worked, there was a lot of nepotism and cronyism where it depends on family affiliations, of who you knew as a friend or your party affiliations. That got you a job as EPWP,” he explains.

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