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Economic Development Department | South Africa

More than 800 young people from all nine provinces gathered for the Presidential Youth Indaba on
Friday, 28 February to 2 March 2014. The Indaba was organised in partnership with the Presidency, National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), South African Youth Council (SAYC), state owned entities and various government departments.

The Youth Employment Accord, signed on 18 April 2013, was a commitment by civil society, government, labour, business and the youth movement to raise the levels of youth in jobs, training and education as well as support youth owned enterprises and cooperatives.

The Indaba was a platform to give effect to the Youth Employment Accord as the country grapples with finding solutions to the high unmeployment rate especially among young people.

The Indaba provided a platform for young people to empower themselves with the tools available to obtain employment and develop appropriate skills. An expo was held to help connect youth to job opportunities, career information, scholarships, bursary programs and enterprise development support. Youth Entrepreneurship and cooperatives, Education and Training, The Green Economy and the Youth are some of the topics that were discussed at the Indaba.


Youth Services Guides

Empowering young people with basic tools to improve their lives.

This booklet contains information that young people need to empower themselves.

It provides specifically contact numbers of departments, institutions and organisations that offer services or programmes that the youth can tap into to improve their lives.

Download the Youth Services Guide here. (7mb)

President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma delivered the closing address at the Indaba. The Economic Development Department (EDD) hosted the Indaba at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre. Minister Ebrahim Patel lead the Indaba supported by the Minister of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane.

The Presidential Indaba produced a declaration with resolutions on how, together with young people, all stakeholders will address the issue of youth unemployment.

The young people who attended the Indaba worked together with various stakeholders to come up with solutions to the socio-economic challenges facing young people in the country particularly as they relate to jobs and skills. The Indaba also also promoted social dialogue between the youth, government, business, labour and youth development agencies.

The Western Cape hosted the first Provincial Report back on the Presidential Youth Jobs and Skills Indaba, organised by the Economic Development Department (EDD), National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), South African Youth Concil (SAYC) and the Presidency. Click here to read the full Media Advisory issued.

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