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Lest we forget june 16 - A message from ANC Johannesburg

June 16 holds a special place in the hearts of South Africa’s youth. It is a day that is a constant re-minder of the undaunted and fearless fighting spirit of our forebears as well as the inevitable tri-umph of our people’s just cause over systems of exclusion, marginalisation and racial exclusion.
Since that fateful day in Soweto in 1976, June 16 has been a clarion call to the youth to emulate that gallant generation which forever turned the course of history and laid a solid foundation for apartheid South Africa to be rendered ungovernable and unworkable.
41 years on, we salute the role played by successive generations of young people in daring to rise up against tyranny and give lie to the notion that the apartheid regime was invincible.
Commemorated under the theme, “The year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empo-werment”, June 16, 2017 is about taking forward this legacy of advancing people’s struggles and the rejection of tyranny.
South Africa in 2017 is a very different place from the South Africa of 1976. Through strides made by the ANC led government, in the words of ANC Chairperson Cde Parks Tau quoting Isithwalandwe/Seaparankoe Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg has become a City of “…vibrancy and activity. The centre of our country’s prosperity, providing that opportunity to create a better life for all.”
Soweto - with its rich historical significance - is a bustling metropolis where over the last 23 years marked improvement has been recorded in the lives of our people, and youth in particular. The youth of Johannesburg form part of the beneficiaries of government’s program to introduce formal housing which saw a 131.1% increase in number of households living in formal housing since 1994. They have benefited from the 192.1% increase in the number of households using electricity. It is them that have more than doubled the number of black Africans that have completed matric since 1994.
These democratic gains were achieved because the ANC led government understood and indeed was borne out of the struggles of the people. Amongst others, this meant understanding that youth were not homogenous but products of their communities - the majority of whom are not in leafy suburbs of Sandton, Houghton and Parktown. Interventions to address their challenges would therefore markedly differ. The DA/EFF Coalition in Joburg makes no attempt to understand these distinctions nor put in place effective programs which will target and benefit young people in Diepsloot, Orange Farm and Alexandra. They remain fixated on the maintenance of white priviledge and skewing patterns of distribution of resources in favor of those already empowered.
Access to higher education and skills development is not prioritized; neglecting the fact that black young people in the city look to city-led initiatives and partnerships to help them get bursaries and learnerships. To the DA empowerment of youth is not a priority because the youth that requires empowerment is not their constituency.
The DA continues to live up to its racist character ignoring the most vulnerable, poverty stricken and previously disadvantaged peoples in terms of access to skills, job opportunities and education.
Under this DA/EFF coalition the gains of our democracy are visibly being reversed on a daily basis and youth economic empowerment is removed from council priorities. This is evident with the scrapping of Vulindlel’ eJozi , a youth skills empowerment initiative by the City of Johannesburg in 2015 designed to break down barriers to opportunities by creating pathways for young people to access skills training programs and entry level employment. The struggle for youth economic empowerment remains a dream differed in the City of Johannesburg under the DA- led coalition.
Understanding that Africa has the fastest growing self-paced e-learning market on the planet – 16.4% a year since 2013; in 2015, the then ANC led government in Johannesburg launched and budgeted for e- learning programmes such as Massive Open Online Varsity (MOOV). This was done to ensure that we proactively prepare for the disruptive advent of the Fourth Industrial Revo-lution and use the power of connectivity and digitisation to ensure universal access and breaks down barriers to entry.
While the youth of 1976 would have fought for access to education, 41 years on the DA coalition in Joburg continues to entrench exclusion, by not budgeting for programs such as MOOV nor for bursaries to previously disadvantaged and academically deserving students as the ANC had done in the past.
It has become more urgent than ever that the youth must forge ahead and define their own path. The youth must demand from government in the city of Johannesburg a holistic youth development approach. Our struggle has entered a new epoch - defending the gains of our democracy and pushing back against attempts to derail our revolution.
It was Greek philosopher Aristotle who said that “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime”. For as long as the DA/EFF coalition continues to relegate youth development to the periphery of priorities, the youth of Joburg will remain inspired by the 1976 generation to rise against tyranny. The youth of Joburg will give lie to the notion that this racist, exclusionary regime is invisible.
In the words of giant of our people’s struggle, OR Tambo -”The children of any nation are its fu-ture. A country, a movement, a person that does not value its youth and children does not deserve its future”.
Loyiso Masuku is the ANC Shadow MMC for Community Development City of Johannesburg.

 

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Youth unemployment a ticking time bomb

Gauteng has about 2.7 million young people aged between 15 and 34 who are neither studying nor working. Half of them have not completed Grade 12 and are unemployable, and close to 60% of them are in long-term unemployment. They have never worked and have lost hope.
But with the unveiling of the Tshepo 1 Million programme, things are about to change for good for these young people.
The programme, unveiled on Thursday, is aimed at empowering one million young people through skills training, job placement and entrepreneurship development, which will in turn help the youth to find sustainable jobs.
Speaking at the launch, Premier David Makhura said the Tshepo (a Setswana word which means hope/trust) initiative was first launched in 2014, with the intention to empower 500 000 young people (Tshepo 500 000) through skills training and entrepreneurship development.
However, the programme has been expanded to empower one million young people based on its success and the enthusiasm shown by private sector companies.
“The youth don’t want hand-outs. They want hand-ups. It is an initiative that taps on the energy, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the youth. It is about opening pathways for the youth to access employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. It is about giving the youth a helping hand and a second chance in life so that they can take charge of their own destiny.”
The Premier said the private sector’s response in supporting this initiative has been amazing.
Already about 25 companies, such as Microsoft SA, Coca Cola, Hollard, Gijima, Shanduka Black Umbrellas, COFESA, ABSA, Broll, CCBSA, Nestle, Unilever, SABMiller/ Abinbev, GE, Cisco, Standard Bank, FNB/ First Rand, Arcelor-Mittal, Barloworld, MasterCard, Media 24, BPESA and SIEFSA, have committed to work with government to give hope to unemployed young people in the province through this project.
“Tshepo is not just about hope for the youth. It’s about hope for us all, for government, private sector and civil society. The private sector’s response has been amazing,” said Premier Makhura.
Some of the commitments made by the partners include the following:
*Microsoft SA will provide one million young people with training opportunities in digital skills.
*Coca-Cola has committed to pipeline of young job seekers into internships, learnerships, enterprise/supplier development and jobs across ABI value chain
*Shanduka Black Umbrellas is a lead implementing/coordinating project partner with in the evolution and rollout of the Township Marketplace Platform and wider Tshepo one Million Township Economy.
*GIJIMA committed skills and opportunities in ICT value chain, especially data analytics, rolling out a skilled pipeline of young jobseekers.
*Hollard committed to township panel beating shops serving Hollard drivable repairs, providing links to township marketplace platform, pilot of a specific Hollard insurance product using the network of new panel beaters, to be sold by youth.
*Barloworld will partner with the township panel beater network pilot, create opportunities for young job seekers across the Barloworld value chain as interns and SED contracts.
One thousand SMMEs identified through the township marketplace platform supported through FNB accelerator hosting interns/creating employment opportunities as condition of ongoing support, agency opportunity for youth linked to instant financial solutions/value adds.
Standard Bank committed internships, job opportunities and supplier opportunities with standard bank, they will also offer asset finance as support to township marketplace platforms, on condition firms create opportunity for youth, and they will also link skills and enterprise development programmes.
Media 24 committed to an online training programme in writing skills and computer-aided research linked to Tshepo One Million learning lab, develop special internship programme targeting youth without matric qualifications
Power FM has also committed to give Tshepo One Million free advertising airtime worth one million rand.

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Students should be sharp when choosing courses

Be focussed and be discerning when selecting post-school study options. That’s the special word of advice to youth from Dr Linda Meyer, who was recently appointed as the Deputy Academic Head of Boston City Campus & Business College.
“Students must select study programmes that add value to their prospects of employment and career advancement,” she urges. “As we celebrate Youth Month, which this year is themed. The year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment, remember that a good education is the starting point to youth economic empowerment.”
Research courses and compare advantages and disadvantages of each. Speak with professional bodies and institutions as well as employers to find out which course they recommend. Employers have specific programme preferences, and you should choose a course that is well regarded among the companies in the industry you aspire to enter, or advance in says Meyer.
Boston is a private higher education institution that has been delivering quality education for over 25 years at its 46- support centres throughout South Africa. Meyer personifies the award-winning college’s pay-off line “Education for Life!” She has a long list of qualifications behind her name, which includes a PhD in Management of Technology and Innovation, a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) as well as an MBA, BBA, PGDip and various diplomas and certificates.
“It’s not just for the love of learning, but for the love of students that I continue studying,” Meyer explains. “It’s important to stay current and to impart current knowledge to our students, in today’s knowledge driven economy current knowledge is a powerful commodity.”
Meyer is responsible for a number of academic portfolios as well as operational areas like student registration, product development and driving innovative ways to deliver modes of delivery to students in Boston’s Higher Education (HE) division. Her role includes continual reviewing student support services and structures to ensure that students succeed in their studies.”Our focus is on equipping students that are marketable and prepared for the world of work,” she emphasises.
Higher education programmes lead to academic qualifications – such as degrees, diplomas and higher certificates – registered on the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF) of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
Higher education qualifications are primarily academic in nature and concentrate on building a knowledge base that can be applied in various professional and workplacecontexts. However, at Boston the practical side is not neglected; all Boston’s HE courses have a workplace integrated learning component. “We assist our students to gain workplace experience in partnership with various public and private sector institutions,” Meyer points out. “Through a structured approach, we prepare students for the real workplace. Furthermore, we have built strong relationships with professional bodies like SABPP, the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), FMI and CompTIA, to ensure that our students have credible qualifications, and are marketable and sought after in the competitive job market.”
What excites Meyer the most about higher education in South Africa at present, is the fact that higher education qualifications are proven to elevate the youth’s employment prospects. And what worries her the most? Mitigating the negative economic, and societal challengesthat students often face.”Given the current economic climate and unemployment rate, times are particularly challenging for students and their families,” she elaborates. “We need to ensure that we support each and every student through their personal challenges to realise and reach their full potential.”

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A wide range of study opportunities are available and you can select from a degree, various diploma and higher certificates, or short learning programmes in IT, management, finance, HR, accounting, marketing and more.

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