“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same” – Nelson Mandela.
In shinning the light as a collective and honoring Mandela month, CDC young professionals engaged in a youth dialogue addressing the issue of unemployment, poverty and inequality.
Stimulating the economy through youth involvement is difficult to achieve against the highlighted social ills. During the first quarter of 2019, the youth unemployment rate in South Africa was seating at 55.2% while 31% of that was the rate of unemployed graduates.
However, organizations like the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) are amongst some of the key role players that continue to contribute towards: (1) economic participation and transformation, (2) skills development through programmes aimed at equipping young people with skills and experience.
“I look at this room and I see a think tank for the youth in the Eastern Cape region” Bekani Madyibi, CDC Programme Manager addressed the team during the second edition of the youth dialogue hosted at the CDC head office. This campaign is a continuation of the efforts by CDC young professionals to decode access to opportunities.
“If we don’t use these kind of platforms to come up with solutions, we are depriving ourselves of opportunities to grow and develop as young people, because we define the future,” Bekani continued.
Following the panel discussion, the panelists stated that internship programmes
should not merely provide jobs for the sake of providing jobs, but should upskill people socially and professionally. Tackling youth unemployment will require input from multiple
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