Uplift the youth of South Africa Economically by Creating Income Generating Projects

Uplift the youth of South Africa Economically by Creating Income Generating Projects

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South Africa has more than 8 million unemployed youth and there's a need for alternative ways of creating employment. With the economy currently experiencing a relatively low rate of growth, youth and other stakeholders need to agree on the way forward and this begins with the youth of Orange Farm who have already been exploring alternatives of job creation and the government needs to take this group of youth into consideration if it is serious about alternatives for youth, from youth.

The youth of Orange Farm have been doing this project for the community since 2018 and have attracted institutions and NGOs willing to help and support the cause. The City of Joburg has not been realistic in addressing unemployment in Johannesburg and the National Youth Development Agency has not reached out to the youth, especially in Orange Farm, to be part of the solution and I therefore write this petition for the recognition of the work by the youth in bringing about change in the community and also to draw the attention of the City of Joburg and the NYDA to the work that the youth of Orange Farm which is relatively important during this time where many people are being retrenched and the youth lose hope in the their futures.

We are also calling all communities to assist and support the youth in realizing an economically enabling environment for the youth. The Orange Farm youth are going around the community Identifying illegal dumping places and turns them into recreational spaces for the community. Their project has drawn in Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and Tshepo 1 Million with their Youth Solving Youth Issues.

Harambee was supposed to start this project on 15 March but due to Covid-19, it had to be paused. The project’s aim is to help the youth create income generating projects for themselves while attending to some of the issues that affect the community and the youth such as alcohol and substance abuse, poverty, unemployment, women and child abuse and many other social issues.

The youth were also supposed to use the Drieziek 1 project in Orange Farm as a means of demonstration and preparation for the youth for when they start their own projects. There are other programs involved in this project that we created such as the Orange Farm Flip Flop Trail that can be used to create more employment and opportunities the community. It is a trail that covers all the areas with potential for development in Orange Farm and explores the history of Orange Farm. It also proved to work very well in terms of sales challenges that Harambee did in 2018. It also serves as a tourist trail for people who want to know about Orange Farm.

The project is currently in need of fencing, furniture, irrigation and lighting. The hard and difficult work of digging and rearranging the rocks has been done and all that is left and needed is Crasher, cement and building sand to cover the ground. Grass has already bought and installed and the community is already using the park for meetings and for leisure. The end goal is to build a stage and a restaurant that will sell healthy food to the community since there's a lack of such in the community. The project needs the following: Fencing, Irrigation, lighting, furniture, ready mix, plaster sand, cement and other things that the community can donate.

To donate, the community and the rest of the world can contact Thami Majiki on 064 228 2112. The project is in Orange Farm Drieziek 1.

Your support will be highly appreciated.

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