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gautengThe Citizen reports that the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) has turned to technology for a solution to increased corruption within Gauteng’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).  

The new identification validation system was unveiled on Tuesday.  The biometric system will verify the identity of every beneficiary through facial recognition and fingerprint data.  It will then provide a record of the beneficiaries’ attendance and hours worked, and generate payment reports.  DID MEC Jacob Mamabolo said the new technology would deal with several issues that had “plagued” the EPWP previously, including corruption.  It would also streamline administration that previously allowed identity duplications and ghost beneficiaries.  “The auditor-general has consistently highlighted concerns that the EPWP system was not secure enough and that there were too many loopholes allowing the system to be manipulated,” Mamabolo pointed out.  He went on to claim:  “You can’t beat this system.  It is going to clean up EPWP.”

  • Read the full original report by Chisom Jenniffer Okoye at The Citizen

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