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Limpopo-based NPO Develops Winning Formula for Youth Empowerment

Keep The Dream196 (KTD196), a not-for-profit life skills project located near Tzaneen, Limpopo, is becoming known for its positive and lasting impact on orphans and vulnerable children.

Since its inception in 2007, the organisation has been assisting local children and the youth to overcome the difficult life obstacles they face on a daily basis, through building resilience physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically. The goal is to help them realise their full potential and contribute to the building of South Africa.

Has the Door Opened for South Africa’s Youth?

The first Freedom Day, in 1994, marked a departure from 300 years of colonialism and official segregation in South Africa, and promised a future where the gulf between rich and poor would be no more. Today, this promise still exists but its star has faded somewhat. 19 years of democracy has yielded little change in the living conditions of millions of South Africans, and for many this star has all but disappeared.

Youth Wage Subsidy May Work

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says that South Africa could do better with a youth wage subsidy than without.

Stats SA statistician general, Pali Lehohla, points out that there is a problem of skills, experience and of getting into the system in the country.

The Importance of HR Management in an NGO Environment

The importance of Human Resources (HR) in a non-governmental organisation (NGO) as a means of ensuring sustainable growth for an organisation cannot be overemphasised, as it is the fundamental strength upon which people, strategies, processes and operations are based. Effective employee management should be on top of the list of priorities for progressive improvement of an organisation. A NGO must strive to attract, develop and retain qualified and enthusiastic employees as they are the key to the success of one’s business.

Symphonia for South Africa: Internship

Symphonia is a nonprofit organisational change practice that works with leaders to engage their stakeholders so that talent, human energy and creativity is maximised. Our mission is to ignite a sense of possibility everywhere we work.

Symphonia for South Africa seeks to appoint an Intern, based in Cape Town.

The person is expected to have writing experience, excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure. Knowledge of social media marketing will be an advantage.

Symphonia for South Africa: Accountant / Financial Controller

Symphonia is a nonprofit organisational change practice that works with leaders to engage their stakeholders so that talent, human energy and creativity is maximised. Our mission is to ignite a sense of possibility everywhere we work.

Symphonia  for South Africa seeks to appoint an Accountant/Financial Controller with a heart from social development. This position is based in Cape Town.

Research Focuses on Why Youth in Jobless Crisis

A research project commissioned by the Centre for Development and Enterprise has found that young people who cannot find work are losing out on opportunities to expand and strengthen their skills.
 
The research has also found that this increased the likelihood that the millions of South African unemployed youth become disconnected from the rest of society.
 
It says there is evidence that those who did not finish high school were three times less likely to find work than those who completed matric.
 

SA Laws Not to Blame for Increasing Unemployment

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says that labour market regulations in South Africa are not to blame for the country’s high unemployment.

ILO Southern Africa director, Vic van Vuuren, identified education challenges, a skills mismatch, an inadequate focus on entrepreneurship and small business, as well as the economic slowdown, as the main contributing factors to unemployment.

Orphans Left In Lurch

The Emndeni Skills Development and Orphan Drop-in Centre, which offers activities such as food schemes, farming, business and computer skills to 550 Soweto residents, faces financial crisis.

The Centre’s programme manager, Nomaswazi Mhlaba, who says that they have applied for Lotto funds in January last year, states that, "Normally, it takes up to six months for the whole application and funding process to be completed."

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