Mmusi holds People’s Forum

2018-02-07 06:01
Mmusi Maimane’s addressed the residents’ needs and concerns during his People’s Forum Tour in Motherwell last week. Photos:THANDI SETOKOE

Mmusi Maimane’s addressed the residents’ needs and concerns during his People’s Forum Tour in Motherwell last week. Photos:THANDI SETOKOE

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DEMOCRATIC Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane has committed to making the empowerment of young people his main priority.

Maimane was speaking in Motherwell last Friday, where he visited residents as part of his People’s Forum Tour. Maimane said the party had launched a one-year internship programme, called Vukuzakhe, a single portal where unemployed youth could access all the internships on offer.
“This youth internship initiative looks at how we can employ and avail job opportunities for young people.

This programme is aimed at equipping the youth with skills training coupled with on-the-job training,” Maimane said.

He said the
party had
written to the business communities and have commitments from both the private and public sector to rapidly roll out this programme.

“I have also commissioned our government to ensure that they open up more opportunities for the youth,” Maimane said.

Speaking at the forum, Anelisa Mabece, currently an intern in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Mayor’s Office, commended the launch of Vukuzakhe.

“I will forever be grateful for this opportunity that the municipality has granted me.

“And I believe that Vukuzakhe will also open doors for others,” Mabece said.

Raised by a single parent, Mabece said she always wanted to make her mother proud because she knew that her mom had not sent her to school to end up being unemployed and falling prey to social ills in the township.

“I graduated in 2014 and have been unemployed since. When I came across the municipal internship programme advert, I jumped at the opportunity,” Mabece said.

She said it was a gruelling process and she was ecstatic to have been chosen as one of the four interns.

“One thing my mom has taught me is that education is the one thing that no one can ever take away from you,” Mabece added.

Another municipal intern, Bajabulile Makhaye, said in as much as education is the key to success, it is not enough.

“As the youth we need to go an extra mile – voluntary work can do wonders.”

Makhaye started working at the age of 15 by helping her neighbour with carrying vegetables to her stall.

“All this I did because I wanted a reference for my CV that I would use when I applied for a waitressing job,” Makhaye said.

Maimane said that the DA had recognised that internships were not the only solution on the table to tackle unemployment, stating that mass employment can only be created by the construction of more factories.

“The factories will then be used for manufacturing. We also need to enhance tourism and stimulate agriculture, and in key big sectors we have to have economic growth so that more people can find work.”

He said the struggle in South Africa is the struggle for jobs. “It’s not against an individual, it’s about a job. Therefore, we must deal with economic growth.”

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