IOL - NETWORK / 16 AUGUST 2019 - 18:00 / NETWORK REPORTER
Durban - The Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Maggie Sotyu, says the success of the Youth Environmental Services (YES) programme will go a long way to addressing youth unemployment in South Africa.
Speaking at a recent graduation ceremony at Sekhukhune TVET College in Marble Hall, Sotyu, said: “One of the greatest challenges we have is the growing number of unemployed youth in our country.”
More than half of South Africans between the ages of 15 and 24 are unemployed.
Durban - The Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Maggie Sotyu
Through the Youth Environmental Service (YES) initiative, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, exposes unemployed and disadvantaged youths aged between of 18 and 35 years to work-integrated learning opportunities in the natural resource and environmental management sectors.
Sotyu said the department’s programme was a forerunner to the national Youth Employment Service programme.
“Through the Youth Environmental Service programme, young people are involved in activities which provide environmental services that benefit the community, while being given the opportunity to develop their skills through accredited training programmes.”
She said the Department of Environmental Affairs had so far invested more than R200 million to empower young South Africans through the Youth Environmental Service (YES) programme over a period of three years.
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