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Youth empowered for economic participation.

Published: October 14, 2020

A total of 100 young people from Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality were on Wednesday, 14 October 2020, empowered with knowledge on how to start up Co-Operatives, NPOs and get funding and support for their small businesses.
The beneficiaries were part of the City’s Youth Empowerment Workshop which was held in Cleary Park, in partnership with the Department of Social Development.
The initiative, a pilot in the area was initiated following a community profile of Ward 32 that was done by the NMBM Social Development, Education and Administration directorate. The profile detailed the Ward’s comprehensive needs.

NMBM Community Development Facilitator, Mzwakhe Sibantu said: "We found out that there is a need for professionals and organisations to assist the youth in the area to tap into available economic opportunities. We realised that the youth are the most vulnerable, without proper guidance they end up falling prey into drugs and gangesterism, the future is their hands and therefore we saw it fit to develop a programme that will assist the youth.”
The guest speakers included Cinga Nyathela from NYDA who spoke about grants available for the youth to start-up businesses and the training available to assist aspiring entrepreneurs. 

"We basically assist young people who are focused on profit driven businesses, this means that we don’t assist NPOs and NGOs we focus on small enterprises or aspiring entrepreneurs. Due to COVID-19 we are currently focusing on the Grant programme. The programme offers a maximum of R100 000 and it comes in three different thresholds,” Nyathela said.  

Also addressing the youth was Luyanda Jack, NMBM SMME Development Assistant Director who spoke about the opportunities offered by the City’s Economic Development Tourism and Agriculture directorate.

"On the tourism side we are doing a number of trainings; we are doing training for tourism ambassadors, we are assisting people with BnB’s and people who want to start business within the tourism sector”, he said.

He highlighted that in addition to the non-financial support offered by the City, in some instances materials and machinery was provided.

Part of the workshop focused on drug and substance abuse which is a major challenge in the area. Ms Zarina Ghulam from Nationwide Treatment Centre SA urged the youth not to take drugs even if it’s dagga as most people have addictive personalities.
Resident Trevor Damons who attended the workshop said: "I’m very happy l attended the workshop, from the content l have heard, l will follow up on the tour guard programme, it is something that l have always been passionate about since high school.”

The NYDA can be contacted on 087 158 7904, EDTA (Mr Jack) on 0794900633, and Nationwide Treatment Centre SA on 0762723804.

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