Gauteng youth to be empowered

2012-06-13 19:18

Johannesburg - A programme to empower 10 000 youths is underway in Gauteng, Social Development and Agriculture MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza said on Wednesday.

"...Twenty-five non-profit organisations (NPOs) will be funded to deliver youth development services and 10 000 youths will participate in youth outreach programmes in total," she said in Johannesburg.

The department was also identifying recipients of child care grants to introduce them to opportunities to break the cycle of poverty.

Mayathula-Khoza said these included learnership programmes and bursary schemes.

Drug and substance abuse was also a problem facing the youth and contributing to social decay.

Curing substance abuse would help to combat child abuse, violence, and the spread of HIV.

While the Gauteng Substance Abuse Forum was functioning well, there were problems that the department was addressing, she said.

Those who underwent rehabilitation often failed to complete after-care programmes, often leading to relapse.

Also, some NPOs did not comply with the norms and standards stipulated by government. The department was tightening up on monitoring such NPOs.

Domestic violence was also an on-going "serious threat to the moral fibre of society," Mayathula-Khoza said.

Her department was providing funding to NPOs that provided victim empowerment and abuse prevention services.

"These social ills should not be happening.

"It is not just a government problem, its a societal problem," she said.

The department would engage with communities to address the root causes of abuse.

In keeping with the provincial "war on poverty", the department embarked on a number of community outreach programmes.

"Our social workers don't belong in offices, they belong in communities," Mayathula-Khoza said.

The youth were not the only vulnerable sector of society; the disabled and elderly were also priority groups, she said.

  • wesley.nel.5 - 2012-06-13 19:50

    Cosatu will most probably oppose this

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-13 19:56

    Start by discipline in schools and bring back corporal punishment.

      hsebolelo - 2012-06-13 21:13

      Its lyk death penalty but nt it\r\n...D Eel n snake story..\r\n@Fannie Mashilo

      Rodney - 2012-06-13 21:20

      fannie you po*p*l if you will take time to find out 98% of the country is fed-up with no discipline ,murder , rape and abuses to woman and children and 98% wants corporal punishment and the death penalty. they do not have to hang people there are other ways as we now have a much better constitution than before also the criminals are sitting in jail getting fatter and making new plans for when they get out.

      infijar.ken - 2012-06-14 08:40

      Rodney, it still doesn't mean that CP is the way forward though!

      miss.pandalemming - 2012-06-14 10:49

      @hsebolelo - are you speaking in some kind of code?

  • Busani - 2012-06-13 21:05


      msendi - 2012-06-14 07:13

      For what???

  • celest.pretorius.9 - 2012-06-13 21:10

    Sounds good. A programme with potential. I'll be the optimist on this one!! Our youth really needs assistance and guidance.

  • tttbones - 2012-06-13 21:26

    The NPO's that do not comply should be deRegisterd to give way for fresh and new Ideas.

  • Thabiso - 2012-06-14 09:23

    This is a very encouraging initiative by the provincial government. The youth are our future leaders if we take good care of them we are investing in the future of this country. Well done MEC!

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-06-17 14:57

    Why not include the prisoners in this progtam?????????How does the government expect these priners to rehab and fit into society as they come from society and many might be even relatives in government.

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-06-17 14:58

    Rehabilitate the prisoners in this so called program and let them repent and become assests towards society and government

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