01 June 2021 - NW1190
Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities
(a) What extraordinary measures have been taken by her Office to cushion the youth from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, given the high rate of unemployment it is facing and (b) how will the proposed plans be sustained in the Post-COVlD-19 period?
- The National Youth Development Agency, an entity of the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities implemented the following programs in the financial year 1 April 2020 — 31 March 2021.
- A total of over 2200 youth owned enterprises were supported through the NYDA Grant Programme compared to a target of 1500. The number was accelerated by the 1100 youth enterprises assisted by the Youth Micro Enterprise Relief Fund.
- Over 2665 beneficiaries were supported with business development support services offered by the NYDA.
- More than 8047 jobs were created and sustained through supporting business entrepreneurs.
- 5078 jobs were facilitated through placements in job opportunities.
- Over 2445 young people were capacitated with skills to enter the job market.
In addition to the above, the NYDA has supported the rollout of Phase 1 of the Employment Stimulus which has resulted in the following outcomes as at 30 April 2021:
- The Department of Basic Education has supported 313 000 young people with jobs who were enrolled as Teacher Assistants and General Assistants in 26 000 public schools between December 2020 — April 2021.
- The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development supported 74 426 small scale farmers and 2000 agriculture graduates were utilised to verify 130 000 applicants claims.
- The Department of Social Development is supporting 25 000 Early Childhood Development Centres.
- The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has supported 8 000 jobs in the Business Process Outsourcing Sector.
- The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has appointed 1 886 young people in rural bridges and other programs.
- Phase 2 of the Employment Stimulus will commence in June 2021.
Ms M Nkoana-Mashabane, MP
Minister Date: 28 May 2021