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Tshwane to create 10 000 jobs for unemployed youth
Pretoria - The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, has unveiled a multimillion rand youth skills development and entrepreneurship programme targeting 10 000 young people in the City of Tshwane.

The entrepreneurship programme, known as Tshepo 10 000 -- whose total value is R1.8 billion -- will be funded from the city’s operational budget.

The city anticipates to have an intake of 2 500 participants for each quarter of this financial year, totalling 10 000 youths.

The programme is aimed at eradicating youth unemployment in the city in line with its election mandate, Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and other related policies and programmes.

Tshepo means “hope” in Sesotho.

"The City of Tshwane is conscious of the three key challenges confronting our country - poverty, unemployment and inequality.

“This intervention is an innovation conceptualised by the city and our partners, acknowledging the unique nature of the challenges facing our city as it relates to skills, unemployment and the need to empower our youth with entrepreneurial skills to establish their own cooperatives. Our youth are a sizeable ratio of our city’s population," Ramokgopa said.

According to Statistics South Africa’s 3rd Quarter Labour Market Survey of 2012, about 3.3 million young people in the 15 to 34 years age group are unemployed.

"In our quest to address the scourge of youth unemployment, we deliberately adopted a programme approach with three well-thought out interventions, which are skills development, entrepreneurial assistance and job placement initiatives,” Ramokgopa said.

“This includes accelerated technical training programmes for cooperatives, offering cooperatives preferential treatment on procurement opportunities through our supply chain management, and providing mentorship to increase survival rates of cooperatives, and ensure sustainable job creation."

The city, in partnership with institutions of higher learning, will train candidates in areas where there is huge spending, such as infrastructure maintenance and services.

The City of Tshwane’s Department of Economic Development, as the custodian of the programme, will induct the candidates to develop a common understanding in terms of what is expected of them. –

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