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Handover of books to the Luvuyo Child Youth Care Centre.

The Economic Development Department (EDD) delivered employee-collected children books to the Luvuyo Youth Care Centre in Soshanguve on 14 September 2016, fulfilling the commitment made by the Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, during the Mandela Day commemoration at the institution on 18 July this year.

The institution is a home to 33 either abused or HIV positive children. Seen here with volunteers and children is the institution’s manager, Mrs Lindiwe Nokwali, (second from the left), Mr Reginald Khanzi, EDD’s Events Co-ordinator and Protocol Officer, (left) and Mr Duma Nkosi, Acting Deputy Director-General: Social Dialogue. Mrs Nokwali expressed her appreciation for the donation and added that the books would go a long in developing the minds of the young children.

Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, is surrounded by the delighted children of Luvuyo Youth Care Centre in Soshanguve, where he donated T-shirts and blankets to the institution to mark Mandela Day, on 18 July 2016.
Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, is surrounded by the delighted children of Luvuyo Youth Care Centre in Soshanguve, where he donated T-shirts and blankets to the institution to mark Mandela Day, on 18 July 2016.

Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, provided the much needed hope to the children of an orphanage in Soshanguve during a visit to the institution to mark Mandela Day on Monday, 18 July 2016.

The Luvuyo Youth Care Centre is a home to 33 homeless children, aged between eight months and 22 years old, who have either suffered domestic abuse or are living with the HIV virus.

Since the centre started operating in 2003, it had managed to accommodate 352 children, of which 22 are permanently residing there.

Speaking individually to the children and asking them simple questions about their current studies and envisaged future careers, after a walk-about around the institution, Minister Patel motivated them to acquire as much knowledge as possible so that they could make informed decisions about their future careers.

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The pictures show Minister Patel ‎being shown the sweet-making process by workers and talking to workers in the factory.

Minister Ebrahim Patel visited Broadway Sweets to engage young workers on development issues.
The factory manufactures sweets and is owned by a black industrialist.

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Minister Patel ‎was shown the sweet-making process by the workers in the factory.

View a selection of photos from the Minister's visit on EDD's FlickR page.

Deputy Minister Masuku reaches out to Ehlanzeni

Deputy Minister, Madala Masuku, interacted with members of the business community at the Ehlanzeni District in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, when he attended an investment conference.

Held at the Floreat Hotel, the theme of the conference was “Unlocking Business Opportunities in Ehlanzeni”.

Opening his address, Mr Masuku reiterated government’s message regarding the recent attacks on foreign nationals. He told delegates that the South African economy relied on mutual trade relations with other countries, especially those comprising the rest of the African continent, for its success.

During the deliberations, the audience was given a green light on upcoming business opportunities, which would be created through envisaged development programmes, both at municipal and provincial levels.

Mr Masuku reminded the delegates that they should, in all their ventures, be mindful of the country’s development goals as set out in the National Development Plan, and ensure that more jobs were created constantly.

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Broadway Sweets Factory vist | 9 June 2016
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