Eighty unemployed youth within the Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality (EMLM) have been absorbed into a
National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) apprenticeship programme, to be trained in electrical engineering,
diesel mechanics and carpentry.
The local municipality says the youth upliftment joint initiative is an effort of the local municipality, the
NYDA and the Services SETA, on a mission to eradicate skills challenges among young people.
Simon Makuwa, EMLM Communications Officer, says a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between EMLM and NYDA and that the skills programme was launched on Friday 08 December last year at the council
Julia Mathebe, EMLM Mayor has encouraged the beneficiaries to make the most of the opportunity as the training would equip them with essential skills they will require when seeking employment or starting their own
“We are not giving you fish, because that is not sustainable, instead we are teaching you how to fish so you
can go out there and start to feed your families,” advises Mathebe.