Tshepo 1Mil­lion ben­e­fits more than 470 000 young peo­ple

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

Cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Gaut­eng youth to en­ter the labour mar­ket and un­der­take sus­tain­able en­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tiv­i­ties is top pri­or­ity for Gaut­eng Pre­mier, David Makhura.

Since adopt­ing the youth em­pow­er­ment ini­tia­tive- Tshepo 1Mil­lion, more than 470 000 young peo­ple have ben­e­fited from var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by the pro­gramme, in­clud­ing skills, en­trepreneur­ship and job place­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Tabling the 2017/18 An­nual Re­port at the Gaut­eng Provin­cial Leg­is­la­ture on Tues­day, 4 Septem­ber 2018, Pre­mier Makhura said that the provin­cial gov­ern­ment was de­ter­mined to reach its tar­get of ben­e­fit­ting one mil­lion young peo­ple through the pro­gramme.

“The youth of our prov­ince have come out in full sup­port of Tshepo 1Mil­lion. This pro­gramme is cur­rently be­ing rolled out in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in part­ner­ship with the YES ini­tia­tive launched by the Pres­i­dent,” said Pre­mier Makhura.

The Youth Em­pow­er­ment Ser­vices (YES) ini­tia­tive aims to see more than one mil­lion young South Africans of­fered paid work ex­pe­ri­ence as part of plac­ing the needs of and op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple at the cen­tre of in­clu­sive eco­nomic growth.

In ad­di­tion, Pre­mier Makhura said that the provin­cial gov­ern­ment’s Town­ship Econ­omy Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion has made a huge im­pact in sus­tain­ing jobs and in­comes for peo­ple liv­ing in town­ships, es­pe­cially youth.

“The pi­o­neer­ing work we are con­tin­u­ing to do in re­vi­tal­is­ing the town­ship econ­omy receives se­ri­ous at­ten­tion from re­spected fi­nan­cial jour­nals and aca­demic pub­li­ca­tions,” he added.

Be­tween the year 2014 and June 2018, pub­lic pro­cure­ment spend on town­ship en­ter­prises by Gaut­eng de­part­ments has in­creased to R20 bil­lion.

The num­ber of town­ship en­ter­prises do­ing busi­ness with the provin­cial gov­ern­ment has also in­creased sus- tain­ably from 640 in 2014 to 4 000 in the 2017/18 fi­nan­cial year.

More­over, Pre­mier Makhura said that the provin­cial gov­ern­ment has awarded bur­saries to 18 000 to stu­dents and tran­si­tioned 28 000 young moth­ers who used to de­pend on so­cial grants into proper jobs and self-em­ploy­ment by pro­vid­ing train­ing and skills devel­op­ment.

The Youth Em­pow­er­ment Ser­vices (YES) ini­tia­tive aims to see more than one mil­lion young South Africans of­fered paid work ex­pe­ri­ence

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