Partners to support youth

2017-04-19 06:02
Stakeholders involved in the Social Enterprise Challenge (SEC) project take hands at the launch on 6 April. From the left are Benedict Claassen (regional facilitator: Small Enterprise Development Agency), Winnie Seereeco (manager at the International Labour Organisation), Modise Sehularo (director: Department of Enterprise Development, Free State) and Mokone Nthongoa (head of Department of Social Development, Free State).Photo: Teboho Setena

Stakeholders involved in the Social Enterprise Challenge (SEC) project take hands at the launch on 6 April. From the left are Benedict Claassen (regional facilitator: Small Enterprise Development Agency), Winnie Seereeco (manager at the International Labour Organisation), Modise Sehularo (director: Department of Enterprise Development, Free State) and Mokone Nthongoa (head of Department of Social Development, Free State).Photo: Teboho Setena

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The Social Enterprise Challenge (SEC) initiative has received a boost with six new partners having signed a memorandum of understanding committed to supporting the project’s sustainability.

The new partners are the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), Grey College, Thunda Fund, Petco, Nedbank as well as the media group Media24. The memorandum was signed on 6 April, coinciding with the launch of the 2017-’18 SEC.

The new partners have joined the existing ones – the Central University of Technology (CUT), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Destea). The memorandum between older partners expired at the end of March.

In terms of the new memorandum, all the partners have committed themselves to supporting the empo-werment of the youth and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship among the youth in the Free State.

Mokone Nthongoa, head of the Department of Social Development in the province, said the existing and the new partners agreed on teaming up due to the importance of sustaining and supporting the SEC initiative for the 2017-’18 term.

Nthongoa said over the past two years the department had injected a million rand in the project, while the ILO and Destea forked out R500 000 and R200 000 respectively. She said the money was channelled to 24 youth social entrepreneurship structures.

The SEC initiative is a youth skills capacitating and job creation project.

It targets the youth between the ages of 18 and 35 years in the five districts of the province.

“The aim is to encourage youth or groups to create an entrepreneurial approach to solve real social issues,” Nthongoa said. She also said the SEC project had yielded desirable results in managing to create approximately 39 employment opportunities.

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