PLAN TO BOOST JOBLESS YOUTH

MPUMALANGA department of health and social development has budgeted R11,065million to fund 21 youth centres and 13 economic empowerment projects.

MPUMALANGA department of health and social development has budgeted R11,065million to fund 21 youth centres and 13 economic empowerment projects.

MEC for health and social development Dikeledi Mahlangu said her department had initiated the Masupatsela Youth Pioneer Programme.

The programme would target unemployed youth through skills development and linking them to sustainable opportunities.

Mahlangu said 319 youths were enrolled and would be completing their three-year training in this financial year.

She also said her department would spend more than R4million to train 222 youth who would be recruited to participate in the National Youth Service Programme.

She added that the youth would be exposed to a skills development programme that would give them an opportunity to acquire an accredited qualification at the end of 18 months.

"This is a great opportunity for unemployed young people to kick-start their careers," she said.

The youth will receive a monthly stipend of R1500.

She said interested youths should form groups and decide on the project they want to do.

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