Youth hear degree not the beginning, or end, to get access to jobs

2016-06-17 12:37
Nona Luthuli, Charlene Ngema and Noluthando Nzimande voice their dreams for the future at the DA Youth Day at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg

Nona Luthuli, Charlene Ngema and Noluthando Nzimande voice their dreams for the future at the DA Youth Day at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Scores of young people gathered at the Royal Showgrounds for the DA’s Youth Day event on Thursday.

The party commemorated the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto Uprising by hosting career stands for youth who may not afford a tertiary education after school.

Pupils from schools in and around Pietermaritzburg were given information about careers that did not need a university degree.

Imbali siblings Nandipha Gebashe, from Nsikayethu High School, and Singabenkosi Mlotshwa, from Carter High School, said they had learnt a lot from the career stands available at the event.

“I learnt about the IT field from one of the stands here today,” said Mlotshwa.

“I did not know much about IT and had never considered it as a career, until I learnt about it today.

“It has been very helpful.”

Gebashe said she had also seen different possibilities of careers that she could go into after school that she had not thought of previously.

“It has been good. It has given us some new ideas on what paths we can take.”

DA KZN leader Zwakele Mncwango said he was impressed with yesterday’s turnout.

“This event is not just to remember what happened 40 years ago, but it is also to help empower the youth,” he said. “Many lose the sense of what this day is, and what the youth of 1976 fought for.

“They fought for the right to learn in their own language and the right to equal education.”

Mncwango said the fight had not yet been won and that there were still many without equal education.

“There is a lot to do and we need change if the youth’s dreams are to be realised,” he said.

DA KZN youth leader Swelakhe Shelembe said: “Education is key and with the numbers of unemployed youth, we feel that we can fix this problem,” he said.

“We are sending a strong message that you do not have to have a degree to have access to employment,” he said.

Msunduzi DA mayoral candidate Mergan Chetty said the career exhibitions gave pupils the opportunity to meet people in businesses that are skill-based, such as IT, photography and others.

“Not everyone has the money to go to university, but it does not mean there are no good job opportunities if you do not have a degree,” he said.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co,za

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