In partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Office of the Premier, we dedicated the week of 21-25 of May 2018 to officially accredit youth that were trained for the installation and maintenance of Set-Top Boxes (STB) from Phongola, KwaHlabisa, Jozini, Kokstad, Umzimkhulu, and Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality.
This intervention targeted mostly unemployed youth from rural and underserviced areas with the aim of encouraging them to become entrepreneurs and to create job opportunities for others in their communities during the roll out of the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).
Speaking at awarding ceremony, Mr Chris Mlotshwa who is the Skills Development Director at the Office of the Premier encouraged the former apprentices not to take this opportunity for granted and to create more job opportunities for others. “everything is in your hand; therefore we encourage you to pass this skill to others that didn’t get this opportunity to be part of this programme,” He said. Mr Mlotshwa further alluded that these youth will be trained to manage their businesses effectively.
Sphiwe Nxumalo, one of the beneficiaries from the Pongola group expressed his gratitude to MKI and the Office of the Premier for investing in their future. “we feel excited to have benefited from this programme and hope that the community will support us and be able to create employment opportunities for other underprivileged youth in our respective communities”, Says Nxumalo.
Furthermore, the former trainees were presented with tool kits that are aimed to equip them to start their small businesses without encounting any challenges based on the lack of resources.