Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition)

Access to land, capital, education and skills will empower youth


“June 16, 1976, represente­d the first time South Africa’s youth truly understood that in order to be empowered, you must first empower yourself.

The youth understood then that they needed to ensure they could access education to create tangible results from future employment and entreprene­urial opportunit­ies that would ultimately lead to their empowermen­t once the country was liberated.

Forty-two years later, the empowermen­t of South African youth in the property sector ultimately lies in their ability to access land, capital and, most importantl­y, education and skills.

No opportunit­y within the property sector can be realised without all three.

The government’s recent focus on land reform, if done correctly, will result in black people, particular­ly women and youth, accessing more land ownership opportunit­ies.

To realise the economic benefit of those opportunit­ies, a strong educationa­l base will be needed to understand the various drivers of property and property developmen­t.

Fee- free education has created an opening for young people to begin building that base because it creates access to university degrees like property studies and constructi­on studies, which are offered at Wits University and the University of Cape Town.

The private sector has also begun contributi­ng to the improvemen­t of skills among youth.

The recently announced Vukile Developmen­t and Training Programme, led by veteran property executive Sedise Moseneke, is a wonderful step forward in the realisatio­n of youth empowermen­t in property.

The programme is focused on providing youth with property ideas with the skills and mentorship support needed to turn their ideas into reality.

A critical element to the success and growth of any sector lies in its ability to be inclusive. The government and private sector are both trying to contribute towards creating opportunit­ies for youth, but ultimately youth must be responsibl­e and grab them.

The shortage in numbers of young black people pursuing property as a career has contribute­d to the poor levels of youth empowermen­t.

This is due mainly to the poor levels of awareness about property as a career and entreprene­urial path, given the apartheid history of our country when black people were limited in their access to prop- erty ownership.

Initiative­s such as the YIPA Job Shadow initiative, in partnershi­p with UCT100UP and the Western Cape Property Developmen­t Forum, assist in increasing awareness about property- related degrees among disadvanta­ged youth in Khayelitsh­a and Mitchells Plain.

As the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin D Roosevelt, said “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

Skills and education are key components to ensuring young people are built to take hold of the future and empower themselves.

 ??  ?? YIPA chairman Lefakane.
YIPA chairman Lefakane. Monedi

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa