More than 25 international and local companies have committed to work with the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) in empowering young people through training, job placements and enterprise development.
The partnership which was signed at the relaunch of the Tshepo one million in Soweto on Friday heralds the beginning of an unprecedented transformative partnership that will usher in a Season of Hope for the Youth of Gauteng.
“We have come here as conscientious citizens of our Republic who are deeply troubled by the deepening levels of youth unemployment and the resultant social pathologies afflicting millions of young. We cannot stand by and just complain whilst tens of thousands of young lives are being destroyed in the wasteland of drugs and crime,” said Makhura.
Tshepo One Million is an expansion of the Tshepo 500 000 initiative by the provincial government which was unveiled in 2014 to provide 500 000 unemployed youth with training and employment opportunities.
The following are some of the commitments made by the partners:
Microsoft SA will provide one million young people with training opportunities in digital skills. This partnership commits to a mass-scale deployment of the Microsoft Digital Literacy and Virtual Academy Platform.
Coca-Cola committed to pipeline of young job seekers into internships, learnerships, enterprise/supplier development and jobs across ABI value chain
Media 24 committed to an online training programme in writing skills and computer-aided research linked to Tshepo One Million learning lab, develop special internship programme targeting youth without matric qualifications
Power FM has also committed to give Tshepo One Million free advertising airtime worth one million rand.
Premier David Makhura also encouraged other companies to come on-board and assist in eradicating unemployment as youth unemployment in the province requires concerted efforts.