youth development

Sport for Social Change Network: Finance and Administration Officer

The Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) Southern Africa is a dynamic network of 40 nongovernmental organisations from seven Southern African countries. The SSCN mandate is to grow and enhance the Sport for Development sector through advocacy, marketing and communication, education and training and networking to reach this goal. The network is supported by NIKE South Africa and by GIZ’s Youth Development through Football (YDF) project.

The SSCN seeks to appoint a full-time Finance and Administration Officer for its Secretariat based in Pretoria.

Life Choices: Social Worker

Life Choices is an innovative youth development initiative aimed to impact young people’s lives.

Life Choices seeks to appoint a Social Worker to work in the Family Affairs Programme, based in Cape Town.

The successful candidate will join a young and dynamic team that tries to work towards building a better South Africa.
 
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Plan to Create Thousands of Jobs

About 160 000 aspirant entrepreneurs have heeded a call by the government to come forward with business ideas to help create jobs.

Gauteng MEC for economic development, Qedani Mahlangu, marvelled at the overwhelming response to the quaintly coined Y-Age programme for Youth and Graduate Entrepreneurship Development.

Mahlangu points out that, "From the applicants, we have deduced that most of the aspirant entrepreneurs are interested in the financial services, manufacturing, arts and culture, construction, information communication technology or computers and retail."

We Are Clean, Unaffiliated, Says NYDA

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) says it has placed a strong focus on accelerated job creation by equipping young people with hands-on skills.

NYDA head, Steven Ngubeni, points out that the agency created 18 000 jobs last year, adding that it also provides bursaries in partnership with several embassies.

Meanwhile, the Public Protector is investigating the agency for the misuse of funds and new allegations of nepotism by Ngubeni, who was previously the deputy secretary-general of the African National Congress Youth League.

Lungisa Criticised for Budget Comments

The Democratic Alliance Youth has criticised the chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Andile Lungisa, for rejecting Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s R376 million budget allocation to the agency.

The Democratic Alliance Youth director, Aimee Franklin, points out that the NYDA has been unable to spend the budget that they have responsibly.

Aimee cites the World Festival of Youth and Students as a prime example of misspending by the NYDA.

Giving Youth the Opportunity to Change their Lives and Communities Through Sport

“I want to thank Sinazo and the young leaders, for bringing me into sport. If it were not for them, I do not know what I would be doing,” said sixteen year old Anita Kanuka from Western Cape township, Mbekweni. From a community riddled with drug and alcohol abuse, Anita left the streets and joined the football field under the guidance and mentorship of female coach Sinazo Magele. Sinazo joined SCORE only a year ago, but within this short time, she has used sport to build friendships and respect from girls in her community. “She is a sister to everyone,” continues Anita.

Young Sports Leaders Encourage their Community to Get Moving!

Confident young sports leaders in Mbekweni, in the Western Cape, put their communication skills into practice by embarking on a four-day door-to-door campaign to increase community involvement at the Mbekweni Community Sport Centre, as part of an outreach campaign by sport and development organisation, SCORE.

Seventeen year old Sisanda Masila from Ihlumelo High School was joined by other sports leaders in Mbekweni, near Paarl, to talk to residents about the benefits of using the facility.

Going the Extra Mile to Recognise Sport

South Africa is facing many development challenges. To make things worse, many development organisations are experiencing serious financial and other constraints at the moment. Philanthropist, David Barnard, is actively responding to this situation by competing in one of the world’s toughest races, the Sahara Race 2011, to raise money and awareness for NGOs at the forefront of development and community work in South Africa.

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