Councillors suggest ways to curb collapse of youth projects

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Councillors here have suggested that government consider targeting the hardest hit groups of youth, rather than basing funding on the quality of proposals submitted.

They said youth graduates often produce satisfactory project proposals thus qualifying for youth grants but abandon those projects once they find employment. Hence there is a great challenge of youth abandoning projects that had the potential to create employment and contribute to the growth of the economy.  Speaking during the council meeting that ends today, councillors said that action needs to be taken to address the rate at which government funded youth projects collapse. "Funding must be invested in the Youth Empowerment Scheme graduates because they have been trained," said councillor Dorcus Letlhogela.

Councillors observed that parents must take the blame for spoiling their children by not teaching them life skills and the hurdles they must endure in order to succeed in life.  Councillor Lekang Mukokomani regretted that the youth, who constitute 60 percent of the population, are reluctant to volunteer or be part of Village Development Committees, Parents Teachers Associations or even attend Kgotla meetings.

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