In 2008 The Ipelegeng Programme was declared a poverty eradication strategy in 2008 through Presidential Directive CAB 19 (A) of 2008. As a Government programme its objective is to provide short term employment support and relief whilst at the same time carrying out essential development projects that have been identified by Village Development Committees and which go through normal development planning process. The decision by Government was motivated by the re-occurrence of unfavourable (hydro-climatic) conditions and low employment opportunities. The Ipelegeng Programme is currently run on permanent bases covering both urban and rural districts including all ministries. In a nut shell, Ipelegeng is viewed as a poverty eradication strategy that aims at developing not only the person but also the surrounding in which he lives.
A person employed as a beneficiary is classified as any person who has been adversely affected by unfavourable economic conditions, willing to offer his/her labour services at the given working conditions and the prevailing wages rates as specified by the programme.
HOURS OF WORK, BENEFITS AND CONDITIONS OF WORK
As the programme has evolved to take the form of a social protection mechanism that resonated distinctly with conditional cash transfer scheme, in its basic form the beneficiary is expected to complete 6 hours of voluntary public works for 20 days in a month in exchange for cash transfer. It should be noted that no particular benefits accrue to beneficiaries of this programme in line with their terms of employment
The programme employs beneficiaries with a minimum age of 18 years.
During the 2012/2013 financial year, Government introduced a new sustenance component to the programme. Under the initiative, employment is created by providing beneficiaries with a snack.
Beneficiaries are not required to pay for the service.