How Will Our Rural Communities Benefit
From Skills Development Offered by China?

10 December 2014. 

The IFP has welcomed the announcement made by the Minister of International Relations, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, that China will offer skills development programmes to young South Africans from the year 2015 through to 2020. 

"We believe that this opportunity will expose our youth to new career prospects and to the job market, but we would like to know how our youth from rural areas will benefit from this programme and what criteria will be used in the selection of participants? Which areas do these people represent? It is a well-known fact that young people are the future, yet in rural areas they are a neglected group whose marginal status and lack of prospects undermine social cohesion, stability and growth. We need to generate sustained economic growth in rural areas in order to secure a future for young people," said IFP Spokesperson on International Relations, Mr Albert Mncwango, MP. 

"We urge government to ensure that young people from rural areas are getting preference when it comes to the selection of the participants. This must be part of our national strategy for rural development. This initiative is vital because it will develop meaningful skills that enhance young people's professional capabilities and employability," continued Mr Mncwango. 

"We would also like to encourage government to outsource skills training from local consultants as there are extremely capable and qualified South African technicians, scientists and engineers who can provide such training unless there is a shortage of skills in that particular field ," concluded Mncwango.

 

Issued by:
Mr Albert Mncwango, MP, IFP Spokesperson on International Relations, 083 448 4896

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