Empowering the Next Generation: Western Cape’s Efforts

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In recent times, the Western Cape’s youth have been in the limelight. Premier Alan Winde proudly highlights the government’s dedication to empowering young talent. During a digital conference, six individuals who are a part of various Western Cape Government (WCG) programs shared their dreams and how these initiatives have played a significant role in their lives.

WCG Initiatives for Youth Empowerment

The young individuals shared their stories of involvement in WCG initiatives like the [Year Beyond program](https://capetown.today/engaging-the-youth-western-cape-governments-initiative-for-empowerment) and the [Chrysalis Academy](https://capetown.today/empowering-young-men-chrysalis-academys-life-changing-opportunity). They also talked about the daily challenges faced by them and their communities. Premier Winde expressed his admiration for their determination and dedication, stating that he is proud that the WCG has played a small role in the development of the next generation.

Western Cape’s Efforts to Fight Poverty

As part of his mission to improve opportunities for the Western Cape’s youth, Premier Winde is leading a delegation to the United States to secure access to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). He aims to show American lawmakers and stakeholders the WCG’s commitment to fighting poverty through job creation and adherence to the rule of law. Premier Winde emphasizes the importance of AGOA to the Western Cape, stating that they are doing things differently in the interests of their citizens, especially their future generations, to empower them to thrive and prosper.

Young People Featured on the Panel

The panel of young people featured in the conference included individuals from different parts of the Western Cape. These individuals shared their stories and how they are making the most of the opportunities provided by the WCG.

Abongile Fudumale, a 24-year-old from Masiphumelele, joined the Chrysalis Academy run by the Department of Police Oversight and Community Safety after he could not complete his Business Management course at Damelin College due to financial constraints.

Kelly Bambo, a 19-year-old from Bonteheuwel, is currently a PAY Intern at the Provincial Treasury. Bambo views the internship as a stepping stone toward her future career and is grateful to the WCG for the opportunity.

Damione De Bruin, a 22-year-old from Paarl East, aspires to have his own business and credits the Year Beyond program for his personal growth. He also spoke about the violence and challenges faced by young people in his community.

Amanda Tsele, a 23-year-old Teacher’s Assistant from Old Crossroads, has certificates in Lay Counseling and Marketing Management. She acknowledges the challenges posed by unemployment among her peers.

Yanela Nkamba, a 21-year-old Safety and Security Office Administrator involved in the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s Internship program, is goal-driven and determined to make the most of this opportunity for personal development.

Luqmaan Dreyer, a 22-year-old from Lotus River, seized the opportunity to become a chef under the guidance of renowned chef Luke-Dale Roberts at The Test Kitchen Fledglings, an initiative that upskills young chefs as part of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s Work and Skills program.

Addressing the Challenges Faced by the Youth

While discussing the challenges faced by the youth, the participants acknowledged the high unemployment rate in South Africa, with the Western Cape being no exception. Premier Winde reaffirmed his commitment to addressing these issues, stating that Youth Day should serve as a reminder of those who fought for a free South Africa and a time to reflect on a future where all young people can prosper.

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