Youths ‘need jobs, not speeches’

Rochelle de Kock

YOUTH Day should be about providing the youth with opportunities instead of long, boring speeches and constantly reliving the 1976 Soweto uprisings, Nelson Mandela Bay municipal officials said at the launch of a R5-million call centre yesterday.

The call centre has provided 50 jobs for young people.

Their words proved prophetic later in the day when the youth shifted around restlessly and only a few listened as mayor Ben Fihla delivered a Youth Day speech in Motherwell.

Bay economic development head Anele Qaba said he wanted June 16 to be about youth employment. Instead of reciting long history lessons about 1976, the municipality chose to celebrate the day with the launch of the centre.

The call centre, based at the Coega Village near Motherwell, is the initiative of KwaZulu-Natal company Bizworks, in conjunction with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) and Bay municipality.

About 50 young people, mostly from Motherwell, have been hired and there are plans to up the number to 60 next month.

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