7 March 2013
The IFP Gauteng (IFP-GP) welcomes the
education MEC Barbara Creecy's announcement that a skills
strategy turn-around programme at technical high schools will be
started to try fight youth unemployment.
The IFP-GP views the MEC's commitment to
deliver over 5500 matriculants annually with the necessary
skills and workplace experience as a step in the right direction
and one that is long over-due, remembering that unemployment in
Gauteng is a potential threat to our young democracy.
The IFP-GP is particularly pleased by the
private sector's participation in the implementation of this
strategy in technical high schools across the province. The
IFP-GP hopes this will assist in decreasing the current high rate of
unemployment among Gauteng youth. Furthermore, these pupils will
greatly be advantaged by gaining practical skills and self
empowerment, even those that don't go on to go study at
institution of higher learning.
The IFP-GP hopes this fight against
unemployment will help justify the R27 billion allocated to
education in this year's budget.
"On the other hand, we are aware of
similar turn-around strategies or projects such as the Youth and
Graduate Entrepreneurship Programme (Y-age) that failed to
materialize, leaving 2300 Gauteng young entrepreneurs unskilled
and stranded, and this we hope will not recur," said IFP Caucus
Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) Bonginkosi
"The IFP-GP as a party that believes in the
well being of every Gauteng youth, and commits itself to monitoring
this strategy," concludes Dhlamini.
IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature
Bonginkosi Dhlamini; 082 254 8576
IFP Media Liaison Officer
Musa Ngobeni; 074
387 3509/011 489 6401