TEMBISAN / 01 JULY 2018 - 14.57 / STAFF REPORTER
The hub was launched to bring opportunities to the doorsteps of underserved communities.
Youth Employment Service (Yes) launched its first Community Hub, a smart infrastructure solution that aims to address youth unemployment challenges in South Africa, on June 28.
Yes in Tembisa.
The Community Hub was launched in Makhulong Section at 80 Andrew Mapheto Drive to bring opportunities to the doorsteps of underserved communities.
DJ Sbu, who was an MC at the launch, took to Twitter: “I would like to see this Hub creating many other entrepreneurs like myself from Tembisa”.
Yes beneficiary Erence Letsoalo said he is grateful he has been given an opportunity to expand his skills and will continue to be a business coach under Yes.
CEO of Yes Tashmia Ismail-Saville said the Yes is a business-led initiative supported by government and Department of Labour that aims to empower one million unemployed youths by offering them the first chance at a quality, paid work opportunity.
“Over 60 per cent of South Africa’s unemployed reside in townships and through the Hub, small businesses will be able to absorb idle youth labour, while igniting local economies and promoting domestic markets.
CEO of Yes Tashmia Ismail-Saville speaking at the event.
“The Hub will also provide sorely needed business infrastructure in rural areas and township communities and seed new nodes of economic activity and growth in disadvantaged communities by developing economic value chains that attract, creates and retains economic value into these communities,” said Ismail-Saville.
She said the launch of the Hub is part of the Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprise (SMME) Development Strategy, one of the most formidable of the Yes interventions.
Ismail-Saville added that Yes will offer paid quality work experience for a million unemployed youth over the next three years.
“The SMME Development Strategy has three focus areas housed in Yes Community Hubs – business development, route to market, and critical skills training.
“The Hub, equipped with modern technology and skilled staff, is designed as an inclusive and engaging platform through which existing and aspiring small businesses can elevate their business or ideas. The youth are also able to access training that positions them for the modern economy and for work in small business,” Ismail-Saville added.
She said each Hub will be unique and designed with the community in mind and aligned with the local economic environment. The goal is to establish 100 of these hubs across South Africa.
According to Ismail-Saville, the Yes Hub in Tembisa has been made possible through the investments from Sanlam, Investec and Unilever.
“The launch of our first Hub in Tembisa is a visible demonstration of our thinking brought to life – a true partnership between government, corporates and the community. This one is the start in reaching our million youth,” said Ismail-Saville.
“These Hubs are more than just a space. It is a symbol of opportunity and a means for our youth to develop and grow their skills where they live, and ultimately empower themselves to achieve a better future,” said Ismail-Saville.
DJ Sbu tweet : https://twitter.com/djsbu/status/1012330261852377088
LINK : https://tembisan.co.za/72689/a-community-hub-for-small-businesses/
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