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Zululand Observer SPONSORED CONTENT - 23 June 2022

The Youth Employment Service (YES) was established in 2018 to administer the YES legislation, which was gazetted in that year. The intention was for the YES legislation to be a driver of the creation of youth jobs in the country through the B-BBEE incentive. The programme aims to upskill youth to earn a sustainable income, thereby uplifting communities. Youth are appointed in areas in which they are passionate about.

The programme aims to upskill youth to earn a sustainable income, thereby uplifting communities

In 2021, South32 at Hillside funded 175 unemployed youth through various organisations. In 2022, we will fund 240 young South Africans as part of our support for the Youth Employment Service, which is part of a broader B-BBEE strategy.

In 2021, our strategy focused on providing experience and employment opportunities, but now in 2022, the strategy has shifted to providing entrepreneurial opportunities for the youth.


Youth Health Africa is a youth-focused organisation and an affiliate of the Aurum Institute – a leading global healthcare NGO. The youth work in clinics, hospitals and communities as lay counsellors, pandemic contact tracers, data capturers, researchers and agripreneurs.

Youth Health Africa placed 45 youth in April 2022.


ORT SA’s mission is to develop youth, teachers, businesses and communities by improving the standard of education and providing administrative, marketing and other support to businesses. The youth are trained to provide administration, mentorship and support to teachers in schools, including at an ECD level, and to SMMEs.

This organisation placed 95 youth across a number of roles.


Established in 2019, Blossom is a mission-centric social enterprise focused on the manufacture, marketing, sales and distribution of sanitary pads in township and rural markets across South Africa.

6 young women have been employed at a Blossom Care micro-franchise established at the South32 Enterprise and Supplier Development centre and are learning SME and manufacturing skills.


Digital skills are critical to move South Africa into the 4th Industrial Revolution, and South32 at Hillside has committed to developing technology skills in the region through the placement of 30 youth with IT Varsity. IT Varsity is an accredited online training institute specialising in preparing youth for careers in app, web and software development.

The youth are provided with coding skills and are placed in jobs (including at IT Varsity itself) as system tech support agents and coding mentors to students in various communities.


Prior to COVID-19, South Africa was years behind other countries when it came to adopting e-commerce. This all changed, however, as the national lockdown forced many people to choose online shopping for the first time, with more people relying on it on a permanent basis.

LulaRides will be training 15 young scooter drivers. These drivers will be connected to major retailers. The youth will receive a driver’s license and their own scooter as part of this opportunity.


15 young South Africans in the community will be trained in the fields of drone maintenance and repair, and have the opportunity to qualify as drone pilot operators. These youth will then secure opportunities in the fields of mining and security operations.


8 young ladies will be appointed to establish a new black-owned beauty spa in the Richards Bay area to cater to the growing opportunity in hospitality, taking on roles like spa manager, assistant spa manager, receptionist, therapists, etc.


10 accounting youth were appointed as SME support trainees in April 2022. These youth will develop a variety of accounting and business management skills including Xero, HubDoc and Microsoft technology skills.


Development of technical skills in the solar and renewable energy sector will be part of the transformation of the future. 6 young South Africans will get the opportunity to work, supporting a small-scale renewable energy project and develop practical skills in the world of engineering and technology.


“SME.Tax has given me a wonderful experience with the time I spent with them. I successfully learnt how a business manages its finances, bookkeeping, how to set up different accounting software and how to access a business’s books.” WENDIE NDLOVU (Wendie worked with SME.Tax for six months and then got a job with Standard Bank.)

“I would like to thank ORT SA and South32 at Hillside for the opportunity that they gave me. I appreciate it because it changed my life. I can now teach mathematics and social science for grade 5 as well as invigilate for isiZulu and English, and mark papers.” ANGEL MDLULI

“I have had an opportunity to create networks with work colleagues that have encouraged me and helped me shape my outlook on life.” LINDANI ZIBANI

“I’m an assistant teacher at Mzingazi Primary School, supporting the teacher in planning lessons and helping students during the lesson. I also assist with planning activities and marking. I have achieved a lot since I’ve started and would like to thank ORT SA and South32 at Hillside for giving me this opportunity.” ZANELE NCUBE

‘Disclaimer - The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the BEE CHAMBER’

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