Millions more to train rural youth

2012-02-23 00:00

AN initiative to provide rural youth with jobs is to receive a R200 million boost.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced yesterday that the amount was earmarked for the National Rural Youth Service Corps.

The corps already had R700 million to work with.

Its purpose is to enhance skills development by providing rural unemployed youth with job and training opportunities in their communities.

It’s a two-year programme of the National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, launched in 2010, which dovetails with the Expanded Public Works Programme.

Jeffrey Zikhali , spokesperson for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (DAEA), welcomed any financial assistance.

“Those of us who travel extensively in rural areas see how poverty-stricken rural folks are, so this is going to go a long way in assisting the young people in those areas and provide them with valuable skills.”

— Witness Reporter.

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