Municipalities urged to support Tshepo 1 Million

Friday, June 29, 2018

In an effort to create more opportunities for the youth, Gauteng Premier David Makhura has called on municipalities to support the rollout of Tshepo 1 Million.

Tabling his budget vote in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on Friday, Makhura said that according to young people municipalities, especially the metros, are not supporting the rollout of Tshepo 1 Million.

“The youth called on me to intervene and ensure that all mayors are held accountable on youth development. During the month of July, I will definitely engage all municipalities on their support for Tshepo 1 Million,” he said.

According to Makhura, in 2017/18 alone more than 73 000 youth were trained in skills demanded by the economy; 8000 got decent permanent jobs, while 5400 were placed in temporary and transitional jobs and 222 were assisted to start their own enterprises.

“This programme has helped many young people in our townships to rise above their suffering and sense of hopelessness.

“The Focused Intervention Study conducted by the Oversight Committee on the Office of the Premier and Legislature confirms that the partnership between Harambee, the private sector and Gauteng government on Tshepo 1 Million has opened substantial opportunities for the inclusion of the youth in the economy. The youth of our province have renewed hope,” said the Premier.

In response to concerns by the youth that Tshepo 1 Million is not visible on the ground, Makhura committed to take the programme to regions by appointing regional coordinators of the programme in the five corridors of the province.

Africa Investment Conference

In line with creating job opportunities and drawing investment to the province, Gauteng is set to host the Inaugural Africa Investment Forum together with the African Development Bank.

“Gauteng will also host the Inaugural Africa Investment Forum together with the African Development Bank as part of the effort to raise capital for funding infrastructure and industrialisation projects across the entire African continent,” said the Premier.

Makhura said the Investment Forum will complement the work already done by President Cyril Ramaphosa to attract and unlock more than $100 billion of investment into the economy over the next five years.

“The Africa Investment Forum will be attended by Heads of State and Governments, Ministers, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, business leaders, policy makers, investors and financiers from our continent and beyond. It will strengthen efforts aimed at promoting Africa as a preferred and competitive destination for investment.

“The hosting of major global events is part of our bidding and hosting strategy. Such major events have a major impact on our tourism industry, including township tourism,” said the Premier –