eThekwini municipality sets record straight

2017-01-10 06:01

THE matric results night vigil hosted by eThekwini Municipality, in partnership with several NGOs, who initiated this event, was a resounding success.
The matric night vigil, aimed at providing moral support to matric pupils who were waiting for their results, is part of the city’s broader programme to support pupils both mentally and financially.
The event focused on providing psychological support, counselling, motivation, career guidance (bursary information and on-the-job training, etc), and engagement with the 2016 matric pupils prior to receiving their results. This annual event has taken place for the past two years.
The municipality confirms that the expenditure for this event was R750 000, which went towards logistics costs, including venue hire, transport, marquee hire, etc. and did not cost ratepayers R6 million as reported on social media platforms.
The event further sought to inculcate a positive mindset, give hope to pupils who might have failed their matric and inform them about other avenues they can pursue going forward in order to succeed in life.
To reiterate the city’s commitment to youth empowerment, the 2016/17 budget has set aside R100 million for youth programmes.
A project to be undertaken by the municipality is the Artisan Development Programme, which would see the city facilitate the training of 10 000 youth as artisans over the next three years. The programme will cost R741 million.
Another initiative aimed at assisting youth is the Mayoral Student Financial Relief Fund, which was introduced in 2014 to assist financially needy pupils with registration fees.
The fund is meant to assist deserving pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who cannot afford registration fees.
The programme has since assisted more than 380 disadvantaged pupils. Another financial assistance is in a form of a bursary, mainly targeting scarce skills in technical fields of engineering.
Furthermore, R4,5 million has been set aside for the 2017 academic year by the municipality to assist pupils from impoverished backgrounds.
For more information about the Student Financial Relief Fund, contact Puleng Monatisa on 031 311 3150 or email or Nompumelelo Phakathi 031 322 7534 or email nompume
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