11th September 2014.
The IFP calls on the Minister for Small
Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, to consider the importance
of ensuring that rural youth owned businesses are funded and get
the necessary coaching and logistical support.
"We are aware that the Ministry for Small,
Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME) is a newly established department and
we would like to see this department work closely with the
Department of Trade and Industry to develop a clear plan on how
it will benefit unemployed youth. This plan must then cascade
down to the people who matter most in this regard, namely our
young entrepreneurs who want to develop business skills to grow
their particular businesses. It should set up regional offices
that would provide information and services in areas where it is
most needed," said IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson, Mr
Mkhuleko Hlengwa, MP.
"We further call on the Minister to urgently
conduct workshops and Izimbizo, especially in rural areas to
educate young people about programmes they have in the
department, including learnerships and internships in all
government departments. Even the best of plans will be of no use
if our young people are not aware of them and cannot get access
to the offices that will assist them," continued Mr Hlengwa.
"The IFP will raise this issue in Parliament
in order to put pressure on government to speed up the process
of addressing youth issues. There has to be inter-departmental
cooperation between the Ministry for Small Business Development, and
it's counterpart the Ministry of Technology so that internet
access is made available to the people in rural areas. This can
be done by utilising established institutions such as community
libraries, schools and places of worship," concluded Mr Hlengwa.
IFP Youth Brigade National
Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa, MPL, 083 871 2711
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