|Department of Social Development Province Of KwaZulu-Natal|
Youth & Skills 2021/22
During the month of June, which is Youth Month, we will also be opening new youth centres in Ray Nkonyeni, Wentworth and Ndumo, which will provide Social Behaviour Change and Vocational Skills Programmes, in partnership with TVET Colleges, National Youth Development Agency, Small Enterprise Development Agency and other government departments.
In this financial year, we will be handing over a number of completed Early Child Development Centres.
We have been part of the multi-sectoral commemoration of the World AIDS Day in our Province. HIV infection remains relatively high among the youth. We remain persuaded that social and behavioural change programmes play a significant role in HIV prevention. To this end, we have continued to implement Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) programmes, although on a limited scale due to COVID-19 restrictions.
As part of preventing new HIV infections, the Department will continue to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to implement various SBC programmes targeting different focus groups. Currently the Department is funding 224 Home and Community-Based Care (HCBC) organisations, whilst providing psychosocial support services to OVCYs.
Through our partnership with funded NPOs, we have been able to create 1 897 employment opportunities through HCBC, Community Care Centres (CCCs) and Social and behaviour change programmes. We are also making a contribution towards job creation through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), benefiting 1 959 community caregivers and 167 community caregiver supervisors. In addition, we have employed 1 127 Child and Youth Care Workers to provide care and support to vulnerable children.
In the 2020/21 financial year, a total of 126 052 children, including youth, benefitted from Community Based Care and Support Programmes implemented by the Department. We will continue strengthening the recognition of Child headed households in order to ensure that these children do receive the required basic services they qualify for, including other government services, as determined by outcomes of assessments.
The Departmenthas partnered in rolling out education and awareness campaigns and dialogues held with youth and women in the province and a number of young people will be enrolled into our Youth Development Academies, while others are referred to EDTEA, Arts and Culture, Sports and Recreation, Health.
The Department continued to lead multi-sectoral efforts to fight against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF). We established partnership with SANTACO and Umzansi Youth in Business, to address the scourge of GBVF head-on.
Its the Departmemt of Social Development top priority to develop an enabling environment to help youth develop constructive, affirmative and sustainable relationships while concurrently providing opportunities for them to build their competencies and needed skills to engage as partners in their own development and that of their communities.
To this end, a total of 105 young people completed a six-month full-time training programme at Vuma and Esicabazini Youth Academies which focused on the much-needed vocational and lifeskills.
We will continue to empower more youth through training in youth academies and youth development centres.
The Department has finalised an integrated Youth Development Strategy which addresses the different needs of our young people.
In December 2020, the Department saw the graduation of 480 young people from learnerships funded by the Service SETA to the tune of R19 million. Furthermore, the Department will ensure that three newly constructed youth centres become operational.
These centres are situated at Ndumo, under uMkhanyakude District, Wentworth, under eThekwini Metro and Bhobhoyi, under Ray Nkonyeni Municipality.
Defined exit strategies for young people in our skills programmes will be implemented in conjunction with other government departments, state entities, municipalities and private sector as per the Provincial Economic Recovery Plan.
In the last financial year, the Department assisted a number of women-led projects with equipment, which includes water pumps, bakery and catering equipment to organisations such as Sukumani Nenze Women Development Cooperative.We have also funded Ikusasalethu Clothing and Textile Women led NPO ,an NPO that produces uniforms for different schools around Dundee and Msinga.
In Harry Gwala, a group of 100 women from High Impact Development Programme were trained on textile and clothing. These women will be linked with Cut Manufacture and Trim (CMT) who are suppliers to clothing retailers.
In this financial year, the Department will focus on finalising and implementing the departmental Women Development Strategy.
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