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  • 03 May 2018

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Matatiele Youth Empowerment Indaba


On 28 – 29 July, Matatiele local municipality gathered young people under one roof as part of information sharing. The Youth Empowerment Indaba, aimed at providing a platform for young people to network, learn and share ideas and concerns on how to develop and empower young people.

The youth was encouraged to dream big and help take the municipality forward, as the government continues to invest in their education and skills development. Over the two-day inaugural Indaba, some of the topics covered included; dealing with unemployment head-on, skills empowerment, green economy, youth entrepreneurship & agriculture, healthy lifestyle and ICT for youth development.

"Young lions, the time is now for you to apply your minds on how you are going to contribute towards building an inclusive economy that will create more opportunities for the youth and which will reflect the demographics of the municipality," Acting Mayor Cllr. Thembeka Dyantyi told delegates as she welcomed them to the Indaba.

Furthermore, the Indaba provided a directive to the relevant stakeholders and government in particular, with regards to the development of young people of Matatiele.

The government believes education and skills development are essential for the youth to help drive the economy. The young people make up the majority of municipalities’ population.

Out of the Youth Indaba, the Municipality will have a youth empowerment strategy that will be a guiding tool for youth development in Matatiele.

A key factor for the government is the focus on youth in public employment schemes as well as in the entrepreneurial sector.

A pledge was made by panellists who discussed topics around jobs and entrepreneurship to work together to promote youth development.

The youth proposed that a youth office and structure must be formed to implement youth related programmes or agenda. “A fund from the municipality and government departments must be set aside to support businesses owned by young people”, the youth appealed. The municipality would like to extend a word of gratitude to all stakeholders that came through and showed interest in developing youth of Matatiele.

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