Youth take the wheel

2018-07-04 06:00
Cutting the ribbon of the simulator of the Norvalspont Youth Learner and Driving Licence initiative, launched at the Frances Baard Municipality on Friday (29/06), are Mac Jack (left, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism) and Lebogang Motlhaping (MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison). Photos: Boipelo Mere

Cutting the ribbon of the simulator of the Norvalspont Youth Learner and Driving Licence initiative, launched at the Frances Baard Municipality on Friday (29/06), are Mac Jack (left, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism) and Lebogang Motlhaping (MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison). Photos: Boipelo Mere

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It is all systems go for the Northern Cape youth, whose chances of getting employment will now be increased.

This follows the launch of the Norvalspont Youth Learner and Driving Licence initiative, which offers assistance for attaining learner’s licences and driving licences.

The launch was held at the Frances Baard Municipality on Friday (29/06).

The initiative is a collaboration of the Northern Cape Economic Development Agency (NCEDA), the provincial Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison and the Transport Education Training Authority (Teta).

Mac Jack, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, said the training offered was targeted at the employable unemployed youth, who do not possess a driving licence.

“The training incorporates passing for a licence with a mix of life skills workshops, addressing skills such as preparation of a curriculum vitae, job interview skills, communication skills and personal finance,” Jack explained.

Two areas have been identified for the first phase of the initiative: the Frances Baard District and the Pixley ka Seme District, each with 75 candidates.

Other centres, which will be in ZF Mgcawu, Namakwa and John Taolo Gaetsewe, will be opened in subsequent months.

On Friday a demonstration was done by Lebogang Mo­tlhaping, MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, who seemed pleased with the system.

“I am happy that these two driving licence initiatives will increase employment chances for our young people and thus reduce known social ills, such as alcohol and drug abuse and involvement in criminal activities,” said Motlhaping.

“Registration details for potential candidates will be announced in adverts in the media.”

Motlhaping highlighted that not possessing a driving licence was a reason why young people struggle to secure job opportunities.

According to the MEC, the area with the biggest population and the one with the smallest population were identified to start the programme in.

He emphasised of how much value the initiative could have to the youth.

“They need additional skills, like obtaining a driving licence and presenting themselves very well.

“But, even post appointment, they need to ensure that they can manage their personal finance. That is the reson why we say we need to develop certain skills that can assist them.”

He called on young people to take part in mainstream economic development through skills development.

Motlhaping challenged everyone to disagree with him that the Northern Cape’s unemployment rate could drop below 20%.

“It is our commitment as the Northern Cape government, it is our resolution as the ANC government. That is why we do not want to fail in addressing the smaller things that is going to make them employable.”

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