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Social Economic Development Changing lives

Friday 9 February 2018 18:1200GMT [CWSN] Kesia Qulu


A successful community impactful Social Economic Development and Services SETA partnership celebration continues with 550 learners in 2018.

The sector’s soulful skills development initiative, which began through a partnership between the Department of Higher Education and Training in 2014 took communities by storm, which saw a total of 292 beneficiaries enrolled in youth academy and internship programmes.

In 2016, yet another strategic partnership was concluded with Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA), a governmental body incorporated with the objective meant to moderate and define sector skills within the National development mind frame.

The second cycle of this perpetual community life changing programme boasts with 550 learnership valued at 19.8 million, spread between cleaning and hygiene are 300 learners, while administration and management enrolled 250 learners. The total sum is structured in a method, which ensures that the beneficiary receives R36 000 at R1 500 monthly for a 12 month period.

Speaking at a Partnership celebratory event at the Durban Exhibition Centre, Weziwe Thusi MEC for Social Economic Development said: “Our primary focus as the Department of Social Economic Development is to ensure that young people graduating from the learnership programme are well-rounded individuals with high levels of self-esteem, high moral values and respect for the constitutional principles.”

“I was enrolled in the cleaning and hygiene sector and got the chance to go to the National Camp in the Northern Cape where I learnt about discipline as a young woman and received a certificate, which represented all of KZN. I am grateful to Social Development since I don’t have parents. I advise the youth that get this chance to not let it slip, use it to the best of your ability and not be peer pressured”, said Mamsy Jooma, one of the beneficiaries.

Social Economic Development Spokesperson Ncumisa Ndelu, further elaborated on the structure and provisions of the programme with reference to orphans such as in the case of Mamsy. “This programme is meant to assist vulnerable youth who need help such as the likes of youth exiting foster care progranme. Foster care is different, the challenge is when they turn 18; they are no longer a child but under circumstances they are then put to this programme.“



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