Get ready to work on new infrastructure projects, youth urged

2012-07-06 00:00

THE Kwazulu-Natal MEC for Human Settlement, Ravi Pillay, yesterday challenged the youth to ready themselves to take part in the multi-billion rand infrastructure programme announced by the President Jacob Zuma earlier this year.

Speaking at a two-day “Youth in Human Settlement” conference at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds yesterday, Pillay said the youth should know which programmes were in the pipeline in the strategic infrastructure programmes (SIP2) so that they could plan ahead and know which project they would want to be involved in.

He encouraged the youth to acquire technical skills because there was a shortage in that field.

“We want you to know that this is not a get-rich-quick scheme, but we will give you the necessary training and … some practical work which will enable you to prepare yourself for work conducted by Human Settlement and Public Works.”

Dr May Mashigo-Mkhize, KZN’s first lady, told the youth that if they wanted to succeed in their careers, they should be prepared to study and take the opportunity to get exposure on the job.

The chairperson of Sakhumnotho Youth Development Services, Thokozani Gcaba (30), said the resolutions taken at the conference should be implemented by the government. “The government should skill the youth with the necessary training to prepare them for the future economic opportunities that as young people we still miss today,” said Gcaba.

He said there should be structures in national, provincial and local government to monitor the implementation of youth development programmes so that there was greater accountability about what was being done to ease the plight of the youth.

Today the conference discusses the resolutions to be implemented.

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