In 1998 the Presidential Jobs Summit scrutinised youth unemployment in South Africa.
Marking the proposal in the green paper on NYSP (youth projects) and the need for direct financial intervention, the summit specified that one of the aims of the Umsobomvu Youth Fund was to develop and finance youth brigades to allow young people to acquire skills and experience.
This was conceptualised in October 2003 as a special presidential project to create opportunities for voluntary service and skills development.
The NYSP provides long-term and effective reconstruction while at the same time developing youth.
Reconstruction includes physical rehabilitation and renovation of resources such as buildings and land as well as providing intangible, but perhaps the more critical, service of rebuilding communities. It also ensures that young people play a significant role in their communities and that they have access to opportunities to make a transition to adulthood.
The programme supports community and national development and provides opportunities to access skills, employment and income. It also allows youth business opportunities.
Don't blame the government for unemployment. The ball is in our court.
Brighton Mahafha, Muwaweni Village