South African government urges businesses to empower youth

MEC Albert Fritz. Photo: IOL.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The South African Member of the Executive Council (MEC) of Social Development in the Western Cape Province, Albert Fritz, has urged businesses to help empower the youth.

“The latest South Africa Giving 2019 report highlighted that nearly 79% of South Africans were involved in a charitable act during the past month. Last year, the report found that 61% of South Africans had volunteered during the year. That figure went up by 5% to 66% this year,” said Fitz.

The MEC made this appeal to businesses after his Ministry partnered with IDConsulting, a company that offers a variety of IT Consulting and Integration services, to ensure that the Mitchells Plain student, Faith Bowers, can complete her LLB law degree at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

“Clearly, working better together, through partnerships such as these, is engrained in our South African DNA. This is why I am calling on all businesses to assist this Department where possible to empower young people, through partnerships such as the one I have established with IDConsulting,” he added.

Bowers is currently completing her fourth year of her LLB law degree. She is also an intern at the Cape Youth @ Work Programme, Minister Fitz’s programme which is aimed at providing economic opportunities and job readiness skills for over 100 young people. Due to financial difficulty, Bowers needed a stipend to complete her degree.

Fritz has reaffirmed his commitment to continue working better together with South African citizens, corporate and civil society to establish partnerships which empower the most vulnerable in the society.

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