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Govt committed to creating better future for youth: Zuma

Sunday 2 March 2014 20:45

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President Jacob Zuma. (SABC)

President Jacob Zuma on Sunday addressed the Inaugural Presidential Youth Jobs and skills summit. He says the country's future could be greatly enhanced by investments in youth development and related programmes. Zuma says testimony to this was the signing of the Youth Employment Accord last year.

It's a collective resolve to promote youth development in the country. The Youth Indaba was convened to share the progress made in implementing the Accord. Since the adoption of the accord, 42 000 new jobs have been created - this was mainly in construction linked to our National Infrastructure Plan.

President Zuma says government was committed to creating a better future for the youth. "In fact this very summit is intended to ensure that you as young people growing up in the era of democracy have a much better present and future. Than we did during our youth."

The president says the youth should start thinking about their contribution to a growing inclusive economy. He also called on funding agencies such as the IDC and SEFA (small enterprises finance agency) to assist the youth.

"They have homework to do now, they must also make it possible for every prospective young entrepreneur to know what funding is available, where it is available and what requirements are to access the funding."

Meanwhile, more municipalities have signed agreements committing to implement the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
The EPWP is targeting six million work opportunities over a five year period from 2014-2019. Zuma says this will benefit more young people.

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