The month of June marks the season of the emphasis on youth in South Africa. The focus is derived from the apartheid era where an uprise took place in Soweto during the 1960’s where many youths were killed during a boycott.
Youth unemployment has been inordinately high for many years in South Africa and is one of the country’s major socio-economic challenges. Cross-country comparisons regularly affirm that South Africa’s unemployment rates are among the highest in the world. In 2013, the youth unemployment rate was 63 per cent of the youth labour force (3.2 million individuals) according to the expanded definition of unemployment, which includes as unemployed those who are not actively looking for a job (i.e., the non-searching unemployed, or “discouraged work-seekers”). Youth unemployment is high, even in comparison with South Africa’s very high average unemployment rate of 34 per cent.
The village of Elsie’s River, also known as Elsie’s Kraal River, was probably named in honour of one Elsje van Suurwaarde, a widow who outlived two husbands and farmed in the area in 1698. The railway line from Cape Town reached Elsie’s River Halt on 13 February 1862. In 1980 the Suburb became a scene of total bloodshed and violence when a school boycott became violent and police shot dead two 15-year-olds! This suburb was restricted to Coloured people!
Elsies River has played a pivotal role within the struggle in ensuring that South Africa migrates to a new landscape of social upliftment and economic freedom. Many stalwarts that has participated in the struggle has contributed tremendously and ought to be acknowledge and share their stories for the next generation.
Knowingly that there remain many unresolved issues related to housing, social upliftment and economic opportunities, the I-CAN Centre has played a pivotal role to address social issues through access to technology and achieve economic growth their employment and entrepreneurial opportunities through partnerships. It has also provided hope and opportunity to many displaced young people.
The I-CAN Centre embraces the month of June and therefore has initiated I-CAN Youth Day on the 15th June 2018, to invite all youth to participate in the program from 09h00 till 12h00. Unemployed youth are required to bring 5 CVs with them and engage with employment accelerators / recruitment agencies / government entities regarding future career opportunities.
The program will include singing and drama talent from famous artists and sharing stories motivating youth to build self-esteem and believe in obtaining a desired career for better living conditions