Officials pledge to alleviate Greenpoint’s challenges

2015-06-17 06:00
MEMBERS of the community filled the hall.
Boipelo Mere

MEMBERS of the community filled the hall. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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THE Youth of Greenpoint did not really assist the panel during the recent visit by the deputy minister (DM) of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize, last week on Friday (12/06).

The Imbizo was aimed at addressing the youth on issues in line with the official Youth Month theme: Together we move South Africa forward. Special attention was given to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills for the youth, employment and the stimulation of an entrepreneurship spirit.

None of the youth who filled the hall at the Greenpoint High School interacted or responded to a single question from the DM or the officials of various departments including Home Affairs, Correctional Services, Education, Sassa and the South African Police Services.

The main goal was to launch teleconnectivity in the area that was affected due to alleged cable theft.

Greenpoint is currently plagued with a number of challenges, the biggest being unemployment, drug abuse, gender-based violence, school drop-outs and the lack of ICT facilities.

According to the school, the area has recently suffered in terms of service delivery due to the high rate of cable theft. The area has not had any telephone connectivity for more than 20 years, which also affected the schools and the police station.

Approximately 14% of the community only relies on cell phones.

The DM and a number of government departments pledged intervention measures in the community’s challenges to improve the lives of the community

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