Artisan Construction Programme Gives New Hope To Unemployed Youth In Kuruman

Honourable MEC Lebogang Motlhaping, in his capacity of Acting MEC for the Department of Roads and Public Works, stated, “Today, it serves me well to know that all 160 of the learners are youth. Obtaining a qualification, being absorbed in the formal labour market and earning a salary; is but merely the first steps in your journey towards economic participation; progressing towards the ultimate goal of economic freedom. “
The Department of Roads and Public Works, Northern Cape Rural Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College and Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) are in partnership in various initiatives across the entire Northern Cape Province with the aim of promoting training, skilling and youth development.
•    The roles of the various partners can be summarized and follows:
•    The Department in liaison with the municipalities played a crucial role in terms of the recruitment and selection of the learners for the Artisan Construction Programme.
•    The CETA funds the Artisan Construction programme.
•    The NCR TVET College will provide the training.
•    The Department of Roads and Public Works will be responsible for the work placement of the learners.
This partnership is in support of government’s belief of ‘Working together we can do more.’ The department aims to establish a solid foundation for rapid and inclusive economic growth through the implementation of various partnership initiatives in the province. The Acting HOD, Mrs. Ann Mpotsang, during her address stated: “...allow me to highlight that the department is moving to a higher trajectory. We are keen on forming partnerships to achieve great and sustainable results advancing the economy of the Northern Cape Province.”