Patel: State internships will empower youth

Patel: State internships will empower youth

2014-04-10 15:27

Cape Town -Government will hand unemployed youth a second chance in the form of internships, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Thursday.

"We set ourselves a target that we want to get 5% of every department's employment to be internship opportunities for young people," he said at a youth jobs and skills indaba at the Good Hope Centre in Cape Town.

"What's important about that is we don't ask for experience. This is targeted at people who have never worked a day in their life, who have no CV except their educational qualifications and this will give them a second chance."

He said over 20 000 government internships were offered last year, the majority in provincial departments and state-owned companies.

The Western Cape was host to the first provincial report back since the Presidential Indaba on Youth Jobs and Skills held in Johannesburg in February.

Patel said that since the signing of the Youth Employment Accord in April last year to December, 343 000 jobs had been created for young people.

The majority of these were in Gauteng, followed by the Western Cape and Mpumalanga.

These figures differed to those provided by President Jacob Zuma in a speech following his indaba in February.

At the time, Zuma said 420 000 new jobs had been created for the youth since the adoption of the accord.

Economic development spokesperson Manelisi Wolela was not immediately available to comment on the difference in figures.

The Good Hope Centre was packed with youth who sang struggle songs and clapped loudly for Patel, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Obed Bapela, and Deputy Human Settlements Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks.

  • Sepp Stoxreiter - 2014-04-10 16:17

    I wonder what skills they could acquire at a state owned company or department? Being rude to the taxpaying public comes to mind.

  • rice.safari - 2014-04-10 16:34

    ADEP - Another Desperate Election Ploy.

  • rice.safari - 2014-04-10 16:34

    ADEP - Another Desperate Election Ploy.

  • rice.safari - 2014-04-10 16:34

    ADEP - Another Desperate Election Ploy.

  • rice.safari - 2014-04-10 16:34

    ADEP - Another Desperate Election Ploy.

  • rice.safari - 2014-04-10 16:34

    ADEP - Another Desperate Election Ploy

  • Neil Alberts - 2014-04-10 16:57

    Rubbish! This is another election trick by a useless ruling party

  • Malele Mogoane - 2014-04-10 17:17

    The minister is right. My experience with ministers know what the people want but will never practice those things in their own department. This is some trick learnt from apartheid. Everybody was opposed to group areas act and social engineering as long as it did not happen in their neighborhood or with their children. The majority of ministers will be very happy to see the implementation of affirmative action policies as long as it does not happen in their departments.

  • Lassi MShini - 2014-04-10 18:21

    ag!! shame poor anc de same tactic was used jst before 2009 election...i still remember when youth ws promised employment before voting nd wat happened after...nothing

  • Sisie Indola - 2014-04-11 07:51

    In previous years it was called Apprenticeship's and Military Service but it was that real deal - so now we have a new name for it and they will now learn how to steal, cheat, sing, dance, lie, grab tenders from under the noses of people who actually know what they are doing and become millionaires overnight - nice one! And all with 33% pass and less. Way to go ANC!

  • BesGroove Deep Ike YaKo - 2014-04-11 08:14

    Yeah put Zuma on everything hey...

  • Mike Immelman - 2014-04-11 10:07

    This is far preferable to grants and charity. They should widen the scope to include organized volunteer working. Poor volunteers need transport , meals and uniforms. At least volunteers can improve their skills and employability.

  • Celeste de Lange - 2014-04-12 08:44

    And the thousands of current interns they have not paid in months?

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