Youth must create jobs

2017-06-15 06:01
Jeff Radebe, the minister in the presidency, speaking during the youth dialog, on Tuesday, at Thusong Centre, Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

Jeff Radebe, the minister in the presidency, speaking during the youth dialog, on Tuesday, at Thusong Centre, Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has encouraged the youth to change their focus from being job seekers to being job creators.

Radebe was speaking at the Thusong Centre in Khayelitsha on Tuesday.

It was during a youth dialogue which his department organised to give a platform for the youth to raise their challenges within the context of National Development Plan (NDP) and the National Youth Policy (NYP) 2020 which seeks to create an environment that enables the young people to reach their potential.

The theme for the event was “The year of O.R Tambo, advancing youth economic participation.”

Radebe said government is committed to support the youth to start their own businesses.

“Your ambitions as youth should not only be job seekers, but to be a job creators.

Think about the future as job creators. I want to assure you that government is committed to supporting young people to be job creators. You should realise that you are the future of this country and that the future is in your hands. As we celebrate youth month, we must not forget the youth that fought for this country and some of them are unsung heroes,” Radebe said.

He also said government and private sector should join hands in fighting unemployment, inequality and poverty.

Sifiso Mtsweni, Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), encouraged youth not to lose hope that things will work-out for them in future.

“We are aware that the youth encounter challenges after they pass matric. Higher education should be made more accessible, especially to those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. NFSAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) is not enough.

The budget that is always allocated for youth is very small. 70% of unemployed people are the youth. There are a lot of graduates who are unemployed. We no longer want to hear about lack of experience, which excludes our youth. We must do away with experience. What role is private sector bringing in developing youth?,” Mtsweni said.

He also said government and private sector should be forced to give a minimum of 40 percent of their jobs to the youth and those who fail to comply should be “punished.”

Mtsweni also emphasised the point of youth starting their own businesses.

Velani Mdekazi, of Unemployed Graduates Forum, said they were “concerned and frustrated” that the issue of unemployed graduates was not mentioned in the dialogue and that such events should not only end as “talk shows.”

Scelile Mnyengeza asked the government to assist his business of selling braaied meat or stand.

Ndithini Thyido, the chairperson of the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF) said government should come up with a clear plan for developing Khayelitsha.

He lambasted the banks for starting a trust fund which is aimed at assisting those affected by fire in Knysna citing that residents in the area have been affected by different disasters over the years and they have never enjoyed such assistance.

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