South Africa: The Matjhabeng Parliamentary Constituency Office in Welkom, led by the Minister of Social Development — Lindiwe Zulu and Chief Whip of the NCOP —- Seiso Mohai — supported by the Sector Education Training Authorities (SETAs), higher education institutions and the local municipality of Matjhabeng, did a Parliamentary Outreach Programme, for the Advancement of Youth Opportunities, which forms part of the nationwide Youth Month commemorations.
This is in recognition of the role played by the youth of South Africa in breaking off the chains of oppression against black South Africans by the apartheid regime.
The programme at the Ferdie Meyer Hall — Welkom— sought to expose the youth to different economic and other opportunities. These opportunities range from business, to employment; to academia.
Acting Premier of the Free State Province — Honourable Ketso Makume —- graced the occasion with his presence, along with MEC Meeko and the Minister of Social Development — Lindiwe Zulu —- and Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure — Sihle Zikalala.
While addressing the youth who had filled up the Ferdie Meyer Hall, the Acting Premier appealed to them to equip themselves with education to help them in the progression of their careers. Acting Premier Makume also encouraged young people to strive to become job creators.
“We want to see the youth of our country creating employment and owning the means of production. That is why the government has committed to assisting the youth in achieving their goals, and it is a commitment we are willing to fulfil,” said Acting Premier Makume.
He warned, however, that acquiring wealth through illicit means would do them no good and encouraged them to become exemplary citizens.
“My appeal to you is to steer clear of corruption. Do not allow yourselves to be corrupted because corruption has a ripple effect on society. I also want to appeal to you not to become involved in criminality, as that will lead to either prison or an early grave,” said Acting Premier Makume.
Minister Zikalala said a total of 16 bridges will be constructed in the current financial year, which will create much-needed employment while also arming the youth with skills and experience.