New ideas Xchange
UNEMPLOYED young South Africans are taking part in a Southern African Development Community region education programme.
SayXchange, a joint partnership between loveLife and the Southern Africa Trust, is aimed at promoting regional education and fighting xenophobia by giving participants a chance to experience new cultures in Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi.
They will spend four months in the three countries promoting regional integration and identifying young leaders in these countries.
The participants will also encourage and support youth interaction in civic affairs, understanding one another’s cultures and the social issues faced in southern Africa.
Among the participants are Nokanyo Makhutha (23) from the Eastern Cape, Ashleigh Davids (22) from Cape Town and Thulisile Buzani (24) from Rosettenville in Joburg.
I expect to experience the different cultures and languages of Africa,” said Makhutha.
There is an NGO called Yali that we will be working with,” she said. They will guide us on all that we will be doing.”
Yali is based in Zambia, and stands for Young African Leaders Initiative.
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But the programme was not a job creation initiative, said co-ordinator Conny Jager.
It’s to help them get new ideas to bring back to South Africa.”
The participants, made up of students and unemployed young people, will have to look for jobs in their provinces once they return in December.
They will be alumni of the programme,” said Jager.
loveLife executive manager Andile Dube said: With this programme, the chances of getting employment depends on how they [the participants] table what they need.”
The participants will be housed with a family in the countries they are visiting. Those families will be given a stipend of R1 000, to provide three meals a day for them.
But the participants will have to foot the bill for their own day-to-day living.
They don’t get a stipend. We ve already discussed it with them. loveLife is not responsible for employment afterwards,” she said. We are interested in them continuing to do things.”
Jager said the participants had to foot some of the bills to be part of the programme.
Dube was adamant that the programme was not about career development, but about interest and involvement in development.
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