By Thandolwethu Nqezane
The Eastern Cape Provincial Government observed the significant day in our history, youth day, by handing out seventeen dummy cheques to Isiqalo Youth Fund Beneficiaries at the International Convention Centre in East London The beneficiaries from the Buffalo City Metro area ranged from the Automotive sector, Agriculture, Visual Arts to ICT.
This special occasion took place at the East London International Convention Centre, where Eastern Cape Premier, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane gave the main address.
A multimillion-rand partnership was recently announced between the office of the Premier, provisional government and the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA), which is aimed at introducing skills development intervention around the unemployment of the youth of the Eastern Cape.
The 3 SETAs are investing a combined 3 million rand this financial year to upscale the youth of our province. The partnership with SETA seeks to identify skills intervention for unemployed youth in the province and expose them to various project opportunities which include the training of the unemployed disabled and rural youth. The project is going to target more than 50 disable youth and those from the rural for training.
With more people graduating the government cannot be able to hire everyone so they create conducive environments such as learnership, internships, support for entrepreneur, and NGOs are meant to help the government create more base for job opportunities for the youth.
Ten projects will be funded by the Eastern Cape Government Isisqalo Youth Fund, 6 will be funded by the office of the Premier and 1 will be funded by the department of social development. The value of these projects is 5.5 million rand which comes from the Buffalo City Metro. Within a few months the Isiqalo Youth Fund will be allocating 34 million rand to youth owned business across the province
Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane said that this is a seed that the government is planting, the hope that this germinate and create a better future for the youth of the Eastern Cape.