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Government encourages youth to improve living condition

By: Abel Sebela

The Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, Limpopo MEC for Education, Ishmael Kgetjepe and the other members of cabinet encouraged development during Youth Development EXPO (Presidential Imbizo Programme).

The Youth Development EXPO was held on the 19th November 2016 in Nkowankowa Stadium, Tzaneen, Mopani District.

The purpose of the Imbizo Youth Development programme is to empower young people who are far from services so that they can arm themselves with wisdom. The Imbizo gives young people opportunity to raise the issues that affect them educationally and economically straight to the members of the cabinet from various Government Departments. The issues raised by youth were lack of infrastructure at schools, question paper leak, lack of bursaries and unemployment.

During EXPO Programme, MEC for Education advised youths to stop cheating when writing examinations as this could put them in trouble such as suspension as well as not getting their National Senior Certificate (NSC).

In terms of infrastructure, he said “We as Department of Education are conducting research in the schools around Limpopo Province to find out which schools lack resources and buildings, and this year four State of the Art Schools were built, completed and handed over to the community of Mopani District.”

The Imbizo Programme is there to provide a lot of services to youths. It leaves a legacy of two hundred bursaries from a company called Exxaro in the community. Deputy President Ramaphosa said, “The cabinet is ready to give youth tools box so that they can be able to rely on themselves and also have faith on what they do.” He emphasized his statement through using World Icon, Tata Nelson Mandela’s words to encourage youth. “Nelson Mandela opened the door for everyone so youth must move forward to open the doors,” He added.