The first part of this write-up covers the implementation of the Ipelegeng Programme and the second part covers specifically the sustenance initiative.




Ipelegeng programme

  1. According to the Revised Guidelines for Implementation of the Ipelegeng Programme (2012). Ipelegeng is a Government Initiative or Programme whose main objective is to provide short term employment support and relief whilst at the same time carrying out essential development projects that have been identified and prioritized through the normal development planning process. The Programme has been in existence since independence in the 1960s. The programme implementation strategies have changed over the years and the programme itself has undergone changes since its inception, changing names and focus with the times. It is all about coming up with initiatives that vulnerable members of the society can utilise for poverty eradication purposes. Ipelegeng can be viewed as a poverty eradication strategy that aims at developing not only the person, but also the surroundings in which he lives.

  1. Projects undertaken in this programme and the manner in which they are implemented satisfies maintenance, relief and development requirements.

  1. District/Urban Drought Committees, under the chairmanship of District Commissioners/Council Chief Executives, coordinates Ipelegeng activities at the local level and the same applies to sub district levels, either District Officer or Senior Assistant Council Secretary.

  1. A supplementary committee is the Ipelegeng Technical Committee comprising District Officer Development (DOD)/Economic Planner as chairpersons with the following membership: Programme Coordinator as secretary, Technical Officers, Accountant and Supplies Officer. It is in this committee that day to day implementation and management issues/problems are resolved and decisions made.

  1. The Ipelegeng Technical Committee is also responsible for assessing and awarding quotations for the procurement of building and maintenance materials, equipment, vehicles and accessories. The committee then reports to the Sub District Drought Committee or the District/Urban Drought Committee of the proceedings.

  2. A beneficiary is classified as any person who has been adversely affected by unfavorable economic conditions one way or another, willing to offer his/her labour services at the given working conditions and the prevailing wage rates as specified by the programme.

  1. Selection of beneficiaries, are to be conducted collectively at the village Kgotla through the assistance of Ward/Village Development Committees (WDCs/VDCs) and Extension Teams (ETS).

  1. Age Restriction- The programme only employs beneficiaries with the minimum age of 18 years.

  1. Considering that this programme is meant to render relief to the beneficiaries, and therefore a special case, they may be employed for as long as the project continues. It is, however, advisable that their employment is on a month to month basis with each month’s term considered as new appointment and beneficiaries should be made aware of this condition at the time of engagement.

  1. Where necessary and feasible, urban/districts may introduce monthly employment rotation or other methods so as to improve implementation efficiency.

  1. In cases where for some reason work cannot proceed, beneficiaries are to be laid off temporally until a resolution has been made. The emphasis is that wages should not be paid for work not done. This condition should also be clearly explained at the time of engagement and should be strictly adhered to.




Sustenance Initiative

  1. According to the Implementation of the Sustenance initiative guidelines (April 2016) Sustenance was introduced to the programme in April 2012 to motivate and improve productivity of the beneficiaries engaged in the Ipelegeng Programme.

  1. The initiative came about after the realization that Ipelegeng beneficiaries occasionally work in projects at areas where there are no shops/kiosks or difficult to get food whilst at work, hence go for extended hours without food and that affects their productivity at work.

  1. The sustenance provided is adequate enough to sustain the beneficiaries for the six (6) hour duration whilst at work. The sustenance rate is reviewed periodically and is also intended to promote local economic empowerment at localities where Ipelegeng programme projects are carried out.

  1. Also, due to local economic development, the initiative targets people within the locality with the aim of assisting in poverty eradication and leading to sustainable livelihoods.

  1. The suppliers are engaged on 3 months contracts, on rotational basis, by the districts through the Ward/Village Development Committees (W/VDCs).

  1. Age restriction – Suppliers shall be of age 18 - 65 years.

  1. Potential Suppliers shall produce valid identity cards as proof of their identity.

  1. Exclusions - Suppliers providing a similar service elsewhere shall not be eligible for award of the contract. Special considerations, however, could be made for suppliers in Remote Area Communities.