NYDA launches pro­gramme for ru­ral youth

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - News - KEITUMETSI MOTLHALE

WHILE most young peo­ple es­pe­cially in ru­ral ar­eas and town­ships have raised con­cerns about lim­ited to ac­cess to re­sources the Na­tional Youth Development Agency has launched the NYDA Goes Ru­ral pro­gramme.

It has been a con­cern for a num­ber of years about how young peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas get fund­ing if they want to open busi­nesses.

Even now, most ru­ral youths still have to re­lo­cate to big­ger towns and cities to find the re­sources to im­prove their lives.

Fur­ther­more young peo­ple in South Africa are the hard­est hit by the lev­els of un­em­ploy­ment and poverty.

NYDA spokesper­son Ler­ato Gambu said the agency saw a need to launch the NYDA Goes Ru­ral pro­gramme, aimed at reach­ing the most marginalised youth.

Through this pro­gramme the NYDA will es­tab­lish ser­vice cen­tres to open up ac­cess to its prod­ucts and ser­vices.

Gambu said a new model has also been adopted, by pur­chas­ing ve­hi­cles to be utilised as mo­bile of­fices. The KZN pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has al­ready spon­sored six ve­hi­cles for this pur­pose.

She said to help youth ac­cess the in­ter­net they have also turned their of­fices into Wi­Fi hot spots.

Gambu said to com­mem­o­rate those who were killed in the upris­ing it was in­cum­bent upon her or­gan­i­sa­tion and those with a sim­i­lar func­tion to “move youth development from pa­per to prac­tice”.

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