By Thys Khiba
Parys – The Ngwathe Concerned Youth (NCY) led by young people, protested for and demanding job opportunities and economic opportunities for young people within the Ngwathe Local Municipality, on Thursday.
“We come here to declare that our patience and flexibility has now been tested to the extreme end,” said the Spokesperson Stephen Mosotho Seekoei.
Young people of Ngwathe represented by various community and political organisations such as Young Communist League South Africa (YCLSA), Congress of South African Students (COSAS), South African Students Congress (SASCO), South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) and other Non-profit organisations took to the streets protesting for the allocation of 30% set aside for youth companies by the municipality of Ngwathe to create economic opportunities.
“This tendency of giving people from Limpopo, Gauteng, and Natal majority business must fall. We demand that the municipality embark on an outreach program for collection of data of youth businesses for purposes of offering financial and non-financial support,” the memorandum said.
Amongst other issues highlighted by young people of Ngwathe Concerned Youth is for the office of the Local Economic Development (LED) to be staffed with competent people who understand the primary mandate of Local Economic Development LED.
Meanwhile, young people of Ngwathe have also advised the municipality to prioritise the employment of its community when looking for specialised skills. They have argued that: “Free State as a province is too big for us to not have people with necessary skills and expertise.”
“We demand that this Municipality starts filling the long General Workers posts as a matter of urgency. Failure to do that, our next visit will not be a picket but an official Ngwathe shutdown,” the memorandum said.
Young people have also advised the municipality to pay the outstanding balance of registration fees for deserving tertiary students within the next 14 days from the 24th June 2021.
“Failure to do that will load our second massive exercise that will be shutting down this offices,” the memorandum said.
2. Job opportunities for youth
3. Economic opportunities for youth
4. Establishment of a rehabilitation centre
5. Sports, Arts and Culture opportunities
6. Youth Directorate
7. Improved and proper provision of basic services
8. Allocation of sites and
The Ngwathe Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Joey Mochela received the memorandum of the Ngwathe Concerned Youth on behalf of the Municipality.
The Municipality is expected to respond to the memorandum before 14 days from the 24th of June 2021.
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