FORTY young people from Khunwana village will receive intensive training in construction through local government and human settlements department’s Youth Build programme.
The project was launched on Saturday at Khunwana village in Tswaing local municipality.
The initiative was part of Local government and human settlements department.
MEC Galaletsang Gaolaolwe said they have allocated R200 million to assist youth across the province.
“The initiative will aid to fight poverty, inequality and unemployment especially amongst young people. The Youth Build programme was set to benchmark the class of 1976. We want to empower our youth and make sure they contribute to the growth of economy.
“We have also partnered with construction companies to mentor them. Young people will obtain skills from those contractors so that they can be able to form cooperatives and enterprises in the future,” Gaolaolwe said.
She added that they had handed over two RDP houses to elderly people in the area.
“We have also donated two furnished RDP houses to two elderly people here. As department, we partnered with developers to achieve that. The youth will build 200 RDP houses for impoverished after they acquired the needed skills.
North West premier, Supra Mahumapelo who was also part of the proceeding said it was imperative to empower the youth. He said through Youth Build initiative, many job opportunities will be created.
“When youth become engaged in community activities they develop the skills needed to be effective leaders. As the provincial government, we support the programme and we will work hard to empower the youth.
“We need skilled people in order to grow our economy. They must rise and begin to show signs of leadership. Those who received two furnished RDP houses were enormously happy. They were indebted and this showed that we are heading to the right direction in improving the lives of our people,” Mahumapelo said.
RDP house beneficiary, Gaserekwe Matlabe, 89 said she has been living in abject poverty for long.
“I am very grateful for the house. I have been living in a mud house for long. This proved that God is alive. He touched and changed my life through the provincial government,” Matlabe said.
Another beneficiary, Keamogetse Moalosi, 86 shared the same sentiments. Moalosi who stayed in a one-roomed mud house said the new house will improve her living condition.
Kgosi Motseathebe Moshwete said: “The youth are faced with many challenges like unemployment, crime, teenage pregnancy and alcohol abuse. They also lack funds to further their studies. So this project becomes a beacon of hope for them.”
One of the Youth Build Programme beneficiaries, Kedibone Mocuminyane, 33 said they will benefit in abundance from the programme. She added that the youth need to be capacitated in order to fight poverty and inequality.
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