n Journal of Public Administration - Community home-based care as a job creation strategy in the informal economy : the case of the Greater Giyani Municipality, South Africa

Volume 50, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Job creation in a dualistic South African economy remains a formidable challenge to the government. Due to the high unemployment rate, the informal economy is growing in size and importance. This article examines Community Home-Based Care (CHBC) as a strategy for job creation in the informal economy within the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). Empirical data was collected by means of in-depth face-to-face interviews, focus group discussions and documentary review. It was established that CHBC in the informal economy has great potential in pushing the frontiers of poverty. Hence, the emerging findings postulate a framework to ensure a sustainable CHBC strategy for job creation. The elements of a CHBC programme that is contextually relevant comprise organisations that value care work for the empowerment of communities, forge partnerships between different stakeholders, ensure gender equity,gain community support, promote health and well-being at individual and community levels, support information-sharing and dissemination, maintain simplicity and flexibility in responding to the needs of patients and their families, and maintain labour-intensity for job creation. It is concluded that attempts to make CHBC a fully-fledged job creation strategy should be encouraged and supported in the context of poverty alleviation.

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