The eThekwini Municipality has officially launched its annual Youth Employability Indaba and Career Expo. The launch was held at the Durban International Convention Centre on Tuesday, 19 March 2019.
Aiming to address the youth unemployment challenges and to provide the youth with a platform to empower themselves using the many opportunities available in the city of eThekwini and beyond, the expo is set to take place from 23 to 25 March 2019 carrying the theme ‘Repositioning the youth for exclusive growth’.
The programme is also a response to the call made by President Cyril Ramaphosa to urgently create job opportunities through numerous measures. The main measure mentioned during the launch was embracing the importance of technology and for the youth to be actively part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Speaking about the revolution, Independent Media Editor, Zoubair Ayoob said that every child should learn computer science in order to secure their future and that computer science should be compulsory from primary school, irrespective of career.
During her speech, eThekwini Municipality Mayor, Zandile Gumede said that she is optimistic that the youth will leave the expo more empowered and with a key that will open many doors for them. “We are trying to do away with producing thousands of graduates that end up jobless. There is a growing need that we produce graduates that would come up with ideas that will create job opportunities,” she said.
The Expo initiatives reaffirm that the municipality is responding to the needs of the youth and that they are aware about the outcry of the youth regarding unemployment. This massive initiative will unshackle them from the unemployment and poverty challenges which they face.
The Indaba will be open to the public, free of charge. Grade 11 and 12 pupils and students from higher education institutions are encouraged to attend so they can gain more knowledge about technology, bursary applications, and career opportunities.