Friday, 18 December 2020
Bloemfontein: The Free State Provincial Government, ably lead by Hon. Sefora Ntombela, in partnership with numerous organisations from the private sector, closed this year on a high note when they handed out cheques, laptops, and Christmas toys to deserving beneficiaries at the Free State house, in Mangaung, this morning.
Some of the beneficiaries were students, small business owners and young children from disadvantaged families. today’s program, aptly called Youth Employment Service (YES) also saw 60 young people placed in different organisations for the next 12 months to obtain the necessary work experience that is often needed when they enter the job market.
Today’s event, which was attended by MECs Makalo Mohale, Gadija Brown, Tshidi Koloi and Thembeni Nxangisa, saw Premier Ntombela bringing to life, commitments that she made during her State of the Province Address in February this year, where she made a commitment that government would focus mainly on youth development.
In her speech earlier today, Premier Ntombela said that government continues to support small businesses and called on the private sector to come on board and work with government.
“Today’s event was a great initiative which will go a long way in addressing the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Our sincere gratitude to Standard Bank who have pledged to pay the stipends of the youth for the next 12 months,”
“This initiative was once again a demonstration of what we can achieve if we work together. Ntja pedi ha e hlolwe ke sebata! Government once again calls on other businesses to walk this journey with us. Help us defeat poverty and actively build the Free State we all want.” said Premier Ntombela.
She implored on the youth to make use of the opportunities handed to them.
“I would like to appeal to our youth to seize these opportunities. This is everything you have ever wanted. You now have a choice whether you capture it or let it slip. Work hard and make it difficult for your employers to let you go at the end of the 12 months. I wish each and every one of you everything of the best.” Premier Ntombela concluded.