Proudy PMB project to put youngsters to work on cleaning city

2010-08-03 00:00

THE young people who participate in the Proudly Pietermaritzburg project will be happy to know that even though the football World Cup is over, they will be taking part in the second phase of a larger initiative to clean up the city, said Brian Bassett of School Leavers’ Opportunity Training (Slot).

Bassett said the second phase is in the pipeline and it will train young people to clean up the city.

“We are hoping that the project will resume at the end of August or beginning of September,” he said.

Bassett said that not only will the youngsters learn technical and life skills, but they will also be taught entrepreneurial discipline so that they are equipped with business development knowledge.

“We will facilitate the training and do some mentoring,” he said.

The mayor’s office, Pietermaritzburg Tourism and Slot, a non -governmental organisation with headquarters in Imbali specialising in the training of youth for the workplace, put together a project which ran for most of July and allowed some 14 young people to learn about the city and its people.

The project also allowed the youngsters play a role in the success of the World Cup as they were employed to perform various tasks during the tournament.

The youngsters received life skills training from Slot and tourism training from Pietermaritzburg Tourismto prepare them for their role in the project.

Basset said the project itself essentially involved the young people in setting up four posts in the city, three of which were in the central area.

They spoke to passersby about the World Cup and the city and offered members of the public brochures that highlight the attractions of Pietermaritzburg and the midlands.

He said the public response to the project was exceptional, with many people dropping in to ask those manning the posts what the project is about.

In many cases, Bassett added, people also asked questions about where they could obtain further information about various attractions in the city.

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