UMVOTI youth packed the Town Hall on Friday, June 29 to learn about the Umvoti Municipality launch of youth empowering initiatives in line with the government’s youth month theme “Live the legacy towards a socio-economically empowered youth”.Hosted by the mayor TC Ngubane, stakeholders who have partnered up with the municipality were present.National Youth Desk Agency provincial manager, Sabelo Ntuli, officially announced the establishment of the Umvoti Youth Desk. He said: “The desk is an extension of the agency, aims to empower and uplift young entrepreneurs through numerous methods including workshops and funding.” The Umvoti Sports League’s undertaking to ensure that each ward forms a sports team, was hailed as a long awaited and much appreciated initiative. The mayor highlighted that this programme is designed to help keep the youth off the streets and away from crime. Safa regional president Mr Dlamini was eager for the league to kick off, stressing that he would also be scouting for local female talent. With a driver’s licence being a requirement for a majority of job applications, it is only fitting that a Driver’s Licence Support Programme be introduced. This programme, which will be implemented by the Umvoti Driving School Association, will see youth receive both theoretical and practical driving support as well as driver’s licences. The mayor said that this programme will assist in reducing the number of unlicensed drivers on our roads which directly equates to safer roads. Details of the ongoing External Study Assistance Fund were also announced. This fund, which has assisted over 150 needy students this year alone, kick starts the academic year for qualifying students.