A Youth Empowerment Outreach event will be held at the Tlakgameng Village Sports Field, Ganyesa in the North West on Friday, 8 October 2021.

The outreach event seeks to strengthen the government’s commitment to empowering peri-urban communities to accelerate job creation and sustainable economic development in the country.

IDENTIFIED PROJECTS IN EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE AND OTHERS

“Our focus in the deep rural areas of the country is to ensure that the youth have access to government programmes that will grant them the same opportunities as those who live in urban areas. “

“Access to information and economic empowerment programmes offered by government will allow these youths to sustain their livelihood and start businesses that can create sustainable jobs,” said Nomalungelo Gina, the Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition.

She said that her department has identified a couple of projects in education, agriculture, and business development within the province to support communities through development programmes aimed at uplifting these communities.

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YOUTH ENCOURAGED TO BE PART OF SOLUTION TO POVERTY

The North-West MEC of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (DEDECT), Kenetswe Mosenogi said for the North West to achieve its economic growth and development within the district to ensure that local communities benefit, it will require a concerted effort from all role players and stakeholders.

“It is through this kind of engagements that we encourage the youth to be part of the solutions to overcome poverty and unemployment challenges they face, and sharpen their abilities in ensuring their effective participation in the mainstream economy.”

“We therefore felt that as a department, we need to continue strengthening our working relationship with all spheres of government and private sector in developing one integrated plan that will improve service delivery and attract investment,” said Mosenogi.

Mosenogi further said that her department will continue to create an enabling environment for the youth to have required skills and meet the standard of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will result in the transformation and unlocking new market opportunities for their businesses.

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