The Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) has recently joined forces with the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) office of the Premier (Poverty Eradication Unit) to train historically disadvantaged youth for the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Programme. In the last round of training 90 youth were recruited from four rural and poverty-stricken Municipalities namely; Umfolozi, Ndwendwe, Nquthu and Ixopo.
This intervention forms part of MKI and the office of the Premier’s attempt to eradicate poverty, unemployment and simultaneously encourage the entrepreneurship culture in rural areas. The successfully trained graduates were awarded with certificates of competency to become accredited installers of Set Top Boxes (STBs). Starter pack tool kits were distributed to assist them to start their businesses and actively contribute towards the economic growth of KZN.
Speaking at the awarding ceremony on the 14 December 2017, the Umfolozi Municipal speaker, Cllr Dan Mfusi expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Municipality to the two organisations for investing their resources and time to ensure that even deprived youth are also given a chance to better their lives. “It humbles us that our youth also benefited from this programme and I hope that they will grab this opportunity with both hands and take advantage of it,” he emphasised.
Bongumusa Sithole who is our DTTP training beneficiary from Nquthu group also voiced his thankfulness to MKI and the office of the Premier for investing in them. “We grew up knowing that rural areas were the least priority when it comes to service delivery, today it excites us that we are also benefiting from the provincial government DTTP initiative that will assist us to create job opportunities for ourselves and for others during the digital migration process,” he said.
Going forward, all these young people that they have been trained for these programmes have to start their SMEs that will create more job opportunities and play a critical role in progressing our economy.