by Refiloe Nt’sekhe MPL – DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Social Development
Of the R1 720 845 spent by the Gauteng Department of Social Development to assist young people in entrepreneurship programmes, only 294 young people successfully started a business of their own.
For the 2018/19 financial year, the department placed 9 172 young people at NPOs which facilitate entrepreneurship programmes to assist them in starting their own business.
Despite the budget in place to provide funds to these NPOs, very few received funding from the department.
One NPO, Mode – which specialised in micro ventures, received R668 000.00 and only successfully supported 11 out of 32 young people.
Making Us Youth, based in Kagiso Ext. 8 received no funding from the department yet successfully assisted 170 young people – 58% of all young people enrolled through this programme.
Given the high rates of unemployment among young people, against the backdrop of a shrinking economy, it is vital that money spent by government is used effectively to assist young people in becoming economically active members of society.
Gauteng Social Development MEC, Nandi Mayathula Khoza must elaborate how NPOs are identified to assist the department in fostering entrepreneurs. She must also indicate what criteria is used to decide on which NPO’s receive funding.
While we await a reply from the MEC regarding these questions the DA will visit successful NPOs such as Making Us Youth to establish how these organisations succeed in creating successful young entrepreneurs.
Gauteng needs the kind of change that only a DA-led government can deliver. A DA-led government will prioritise much-needed job creation, especially for the youth.