Calls for youth to cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Thando Ndlovu

KING Cetshwayo District Mayor Nonhle Mkhulisi has ap­pealed to the district’s youth to lead pro­grammes that will cre­ate em­ploy­ers rather than em­ploy­ees as part of ad­dress­ing youth un­em­ploy­ment.

Mkhulisi was speak­ing at the Green Econ­omy and Youth Busi­ness Ind­aba held at Ngamla Lodge near Iniwe last week.

She said the level of un­em­ploy­ment among young peo­ple in the coun­try de­manded new strate­gies.

‘We have to start em­pha­sis­ing the need to cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. Let us cre­ate our small busi­nesses and seek as­sis­tance from the govern­ment.

‘As lo­cal govern­ment we re­main com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing skills de­vel­op­ment for young peo­ple.

‘In the spirit of Nel­son Man­dela and Mama Al­bertina Sisulu, we want to see a gen­er­a­tion of young peo­ple who are busi­ness minded,’ she said.

Mkhulisi’s sen­ti­ments were echoed by the Chair­per­son of the Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency (NYDA) in the district, Si­fiso Mtsweni.

‘Our call to the youth is sim­ple. Unite, cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and speak with one voice. In that way we will be able to con­trib­ute to lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment,’ Mtsweni said.

‘We will be open­ing our new of­fices in Em­pan­geni next week which will be ben­e­fi­cial to you as young peo­ple.’.

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