GEORGE NEWS - A national outreach to help unemployed residents of George might enable 500 people to find themselves a better future.
An economic opportunities seminar will be hosted next week on 16 and 17 July, by the George Municipality, in collaboration with the national department of Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS), the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA).
This initiative follows the president's recent state of the nation address, which promised more work opportunities to people on ground level, said Jethro Grootboom, regional coordinator of the GCIS.
"We would like every person who participates in the seminar to be in a better position when they leave the seminar," he said.
Individuals will receive help to further their studies, find bursaries, develop their enterprises, find employment in organisations such as Working on Fire or on-the-job training within different organisations.
According to Willie Cilliers, the president of the George Business Chamber, high school pupils must identify running a business as a very real career possibility. "We realise that there is a huge need for job creation for the youth.
It is a critical area that must be addressed. The George Business Chamber was totally unaware of these seminars, but would very much like to be involved with the creation of business opportunities and small businesses."
The George Business Chamber is currently working with the department of education to promote entrepreneurship at high school level.
Departments and organisations that will be present at the seminars include the department of rural and land reforms, the department of correctional services, Cape Nature, Sanparks, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Unisa and South Cape College.
The seminars will take place at the Parkdene Community Hall on 16 July and at the Thembalethu Thusong Centre on 17 July. Both seminars will be held from 10:00 to 16:00. For information contact Fumanekile Makuyekwe on 044 874 4770 or 073 993 6898. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTICLE: MICHELLE PIENAAR, GEORGE HERALD JOURNALIST
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