Refilwe Mtsweni -Tsipane, Mpumalanga Premier said the province has placed measures to tackle the challenges they have with youth unemployment.
While delivering the State of the Province Address on Friday, Mtsweni-Tsipane said: “The Mpumalanga province has declared youth unemployment as a national crisis, which needs urgent and decisive actions that will address this scourge”.
She said the province has launched a R250 million Youth Development Fund that will run over a period of five years.
She added, a body will be designated to administrate the fund: The provincial government shall develop a unit to manage the fund”.
According to Mtsweni-Tsipane, the fund will support emerging and micro enterprises owned by youth in townships and rural areas.
The fund will also promote innovations, inventions and creativity among the youth through incubators with special emphasis on the youth from disadvantaged areas.
She adds that the fund will also provide job skilling through learnerships, placements and partnerships with private sector, as well as SETAs.
It will also provide starter packs for youth to start their own business.