youth empowerment

NYDA to Offer Free Grants to Entrepreneurs

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) says it will start dishing out free money to youth entrepreneurs in the near future.
NYDA chairperson, Yershen Pillay, says that grant finance will range between R1 000 and R100 000.
Pillay states that the NYDA will only offer loan finance to young entrepreneurs, adding that, "Instead there will be grant finance in the form of micro-finance grants for survivalist youth entrepreneurship and cooperative grants for greater participation of youth in the cooperative sector.

Call to Create Workplace-Based Learning Opportunities

The Da Vinci Institute has called on South African universities to work towards increasing work-based learning opportunities for their students.

Speaking at his inauguration as the first chancellor of the Da Vinci Institute, in Johannesburg, Edward Kieswetter, said that South Africa has a high graduate unemployment rate, with many of its educated youth unable to make that essential first step into the workplace to gain working experience.

NGOs Challenged to Make NLB Work

The Alliance of Youth NGO (AYONGO), an umbrella body of youth non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in South Africa, says South Africa needs to have events such as the National Lotteries Board (NLB) Indaba and Inaugural Awards, so that NGOs can find solutions to challenges such as the delay in the distribution of grants.

AYONGO chairperson, Kenneth Thlaka, who described the NLB as ‘our local agency’, urged NGOs not only to criticise when necessary and to also contribute to finding long-lasting solutions to the challenges it faces in order for it to work for all South Africans.

Align Your Work to Development Agenda - SAYC

The South African Youth Council (SAYC) says for the National Lottery Board (NLB) to be developmental, it needs to align its work to South Africa’s national agenda.

Delivering a message of support to the NLB Indaba and Inaugural Awards in Johannesburg, SAYC president, Thulani Tshefuta, whose organisation is the umbrella body of all the youth formations in the country, has described the civil society sector as an economy that creates opportunities for the people.

Equal opportunities for the Youth of South Africa: How Much has Changed Since 1994?

As I write this, I am having a drink with my colleague Nick Owsley, a graduate with an Honours Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town. With Human Rights Day approaching I cannot help but think how fortunate our generation is. A mere 18 years ago in South Africa it was regarded as breaking the law for a black person to have a drink with a white person in many watering holes - how far we have come since then.

PPC Sets Up New Commercial Bakery Training Centre for Youth With Complex Disabilities

Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) has been involved with Forest Town School for Children with Special Needs since 2007. Initially they refurbished four dismal playgrounds. In 2006, the school established the Work Experience Training Centre due to the almost 100 percent rate of unemployment of youth categorised as having a combination of disabilities, which includes lower cognitive function, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, epilepsy and other complications.   

2013 Commonwealth Day Focuses on Youth

South Africa commemorated Commonwealth Day on 11 March 2013 by focusing on youth development issues.

In a press statement issued by the Department of International Relations, President Jacob Zuma, said this year's theme was ‘Opportunity through Enterprise: Unlocking Potential with Innovation and Excellence’.

Zuma added that South Africa, in collaboration with other Commonwealth members, is joining hands in intensifying the development of our young people and creating new opportunities to unlock their potential."

Employment is the answer to AIDS

A recent report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS(UNAIDS) estimates that 5.6 million South Africans are living with HIV/AIDS. It is the highest number of infected people in any country in the world.

With so many infected people in spite of decades of action and billions of rands spent on awareness and preventative campaigns, one can only ask: What is behind the seemingly unstoppable spread of AIDS?

Research Focuses on Why Youth in Jobless Crisis

A research project commissioned by the Centre for Development and Enterprise has found that young people who cannot find work are losing out on opportunities to expand and strengthen their skills.
The research has also found that this increased the likelihood that the millions of South African unemployed youth become disconnected from the rest of society.
It says there is evidence that those who did not finish high school were three times less likely to find work than those who completed matric.

56m Youth Without Primary Education

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) says that over 56 million young people in sub-Saharan Africa have not completed primary school and lack basic skills for employment.

According to a new report, the African leg of the United Nations Global Monitoring Report on Education, which was released by the UNESCO in Soweto, "In sub-Saharan Africa about 30 million [children] are still missing out on primary school and 22 million are out of secondary school, missing out on vital skills for future employment."


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