Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality hosted a successful youth enterpreneurship event

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The Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality pushes the Youth agenda in all fronts. On the 3rd of March 2022, the ILM Youth Office has organised together with SEDA an initiative to bring to the local youth a very vigorous programme that was responding to the needs of diverse youth in business under the Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality.

The Stakeholders that the ILM youth office in partnership with SEDA brought together were KZN Liquor Authority , EDTEA, NYDA , Labour Department, Lifeline (NGO), and Department of Agriculture which visited ward 16 Emhubheni area with a sole purpose of educating and informing young people starting and owning businesses through grants funding. These stakeholders all shared valuable information on how they have helped people achieve their dreams.

Agencies like SEDA offer free training’s to young people who wants to start their businesses and continue to help them do business plans, business profiles for any business that emerging businessmen want to start. National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) also offer grants to the Youth who would like to start their businesses, or who are already in business.

The Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality is fortunate to have people who have already benefited from these grants and are doing very well in their businesses. Ms. Mathandi Mazibuko who benefited from NYDA, owns a bakery business through which the NYDA gave her an equipment worth of R50 000. Nosipho Khuzwayo who started fitness centre was also given equipment to the value of R50 000 and Smangaliso Magubane from Shayamoya also benefited from NYDA, he plants vegetables and do poultry. One of the benefeciaries of this grant funding is a young disabled lady from ward two, who also shared her journey in starting her poultry business and is seeing growth on daily basis.

They all gave testimonies on how their lives have began to change after receiving such assistance. Nova attended startup training with SEDA and will soon be certificated. This is an emerging young business owner that the ILM youth office has started a journey with, he specialises in food processing (Chillies in particular). Interesting enough is that his business is already operational and has caught the eye of loyal customers .

Economic development Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA ) stated in their presentation that they also have programmes aimed at assisting youth in building their business. They have Operation Vula that would assist the youth in growing their businesses but for now it is closed they will contact the community when it opens. The KZN Liquor Authority explained in lengthy processes that people undergo if they want to have business licence that pertains selling of liquor.

The Department of Agriculture also talked to the youth in Agriculture; they urged those people with interest in Agriculture to visit their offices, a concern was aired by the DARD representative that usually their offices get visited by old people. But he said during the planting season they will take some of the young people who have land and are keen to cultivate and assist them from this ward.

The Department of Labour urged Youth in attendance to register on their DOL database because this will help them to be sourced from the pool when there are job opportunities that are in line with their qualifications. DOL would call prospective employees and prepare them for an interview where need arises. They also help people who want to know how to do CV, and the wrting of a motivational letter.

Ward 16 Councilor Mr. MC Mkhize who was accompanied by Cllr. M Madinane of ward 09 thanked all the stakeholders who chose to come to his ward to share this useful information to young people. He stressed that he has hipe that they will use this information to build their future and to start their own businesses.

“Since jobs in SA are very limited, this will make a platform for job opportunities to be created through SMME’s”, said Mkhize. He also offered his router to be used by young people in his ward to apply on programmes that require online services. According to Cllr. MC Mkhize this type of assistance will be arranged from next week and it will commence from Shayamoya area and the following week it will be done in the Mhubheni area. He urged the youth to use this opportunity sparingly.

Issued by Communication Unit of Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality


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