Youth empowered in agriculture

2016-07-01 06:00
 Photo: Siphelele Nketo Kokstad youths work in the garden.

Photo: Siphelele Nketo Kokstad youths work in the garden.

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YOUTH Month ended with a big smile for a group of 80 young Kokstad people who were selected for the Youth Environmental Services (Yes) programme by the KZN Department of Public Works this week.
The 54 females and 26 males were selected from eight wards in Kokstad and are already producing vegetables from their garden in the Home of Comfort premises.

The programme was launched at Riverview Stadium by the MEC of Human Settlements and Public Works Ravi Pilllay and Greater Kokstad Municipality mayor, Nosisa Jojozi.

The programme was established in September 2015 by the department to assist unemployed young people with skills development.

In Kokstad the programme came at the right time for Sikhumbuzo Potwana (27), who has been struggling to find employment. He completed his matric many years ago and today he is happy. “I am happy to be part of the programme and I am going to contribute towards the support of my family.”

Jojozi encouraged young people to be active in agriculture.
“The municipality has a programme of empowering young people with skills development. They must produce vegetables­ so that businesses can buy from them.”

Pillay said there are no mines in Kokstad so his department decided to educate young people in agriculture. He was inspired when he saw a vegetable garden that was producing cabbage, spinach and other vegetables.
“I want you [young people] to continue with this project so that people can buy fresh food from you.”

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