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EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME HELPS EQUIP YOUTH WITH VITAL SKILLS

Kelebogile Choko | 2 October 2023


Youth encouraged to research potential employers.


Kwa-Thema – Kristo Inkosi Catholic Church hosted a youth empowerment programme at the church last Friday.

The programme was to assist and equip the youth with job-hunting skills, business set-up coaching and financial education.


The church invited speakers from different sectors including CV Desk, Nedbank, IEC and more.


During the presentation, Maggie Mboyani from CV Desk said most young people are unemployable because of unpresentable CVs.


She also advised that job seekers should follow up on their applications and ask who their interviewers will be after scoring an interview.


Sakhile Mkhatshwa, an IEC representative, said there will be three ballot papers in next year’s provincial and national elections.


She said the third ballot paper will be for independent candidates, which will be a first in South Africa.


Kgomotso Ndlovu, a justice and peace member at the church and also one of the event’s organisers, said they realised the challenges faced by the youth of being unemployed and not knowing where to go to get information.


Hence they came up with the programme.


“During weekdays, you’ll see young people in the township going to Wi-Fi hotspots to research, apply for jobs and seek information. Today we brought the information to them,” she said.


Ndlovu added that for those in matric, the organisers didn’t want to wait till January to find them help on what to do after school but opted to offer them information now.


Parish priest Chaka Motanyane said they brought the speakers to talk on employability and starting their businesses.


He said people make mistakes when writing their CVs and don’t take time to correct them. He added that people should do research on companies where they are invited to interviews.


They should also know that being asked about yourself doesn’t mean speaking of your talents but it’s an opportunity to sell yourself and what you bring to the company.


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



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