Future Belongs to Youth

| April 20, 2015

It is not the intention of government to have youth queuing for Ipelegeng programme, says the MP for Thamaga-Kumakwane constituency, Mr Tshenolo Mabeo.

Addressing youth from the constituency in a meeting held at Thamaga Community Hall on Thursday, April 15, Mr Mabeo said it is for that reason that government had come up with economic empowerment programmes which were specifically targeting the youth.

Therefore, he appealed to youth to take aantage of government economic empowerment opportunities such as Youth Development Fund (YDF).

“You do not have to give up, you have a long way to go,” Mr Mabeo who is also transport and communications minister said.

He said government was committed to addressing issues of youth unemployment in the country but noted that the youth ought to play their part.

Minister Mabeo said through taking aantage of government schemes, youth could employ themselves as well as create employment for others.

Nevertheless, Mr Mabeo said he was aware that youth entrepreneurs faced challenges such as shortage of land and high rental costs.

Ms Keletso Lekang who is a programmes officer in the Ministry Of Youth Sport and Culture noted that youth -owned businesses collapsed due to high rentals.

She said since inception, YDF had sponsored a total of 115 projects in the constituency to a tune of about P10.5 million.

Further, she noted that her office was also faced with shortage of transport, which hampered the monitoring of projects.

Also, Ms Lekang noted that the numbers of youth engaged on Tirelo Sechaba continued to fluctuate as youth continued to drop out of the programme.

During comments, one youth Mr Tshepo Sebetlela who is a beneficiary of YDF noted it was not easy to expand their businesses due to lack of further funding.

He noted that other government initiated funding organs required them to provide security against the money they were borrowing which proved to be difficult for them.

Another speaker, Ms Matron Motlogelwa said youth who had completed their tertiary education were not being considered for Livestock Management and Infrastructure Development programme. She further said the allowance offered for the newly introduced Graduate Volunteer Scheme (GVM) was way too low.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Human Rights

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