Government Communications hosts youth engagement program at KaMaqhekeza Township ahead of Youth Month, 25 to 26 May

GCIS strengthens youth empowerment through access to information ahead of Youth Month 

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) will embark on a two-day youth engagement program at KaMaqhekeza township in Nkomazi Local Municipality, Mpumalanga province, between 25 and 26 May 2023.

The event forms part of government’s commitment to ensure that South African citizens are empowered through access to government information. 

The two-day program commences with a seminar at Ehlanzeni TVET College, Mlumati Campus today, under the banner of "Vuk Talks", an extension of the Vukuzenzele newspaper. During this session, themed “A decade of the Artisan”, students will engage with professionals and practicing artisans, learn about economic and entrepreneurial opportunities, funding options available in different sectors including the Industrial Development Corporation. 

"The event takes place at an opportune time, a few days before the 2023 Youth Month. Government understands the challenges faced by the youth. We are listening and employing all possible means to ensure that even in the face of the shrinking job market, young people are empowered to do something to support themselves and their families. We aim to build a network of young people who are driving change in their communities, "said Michael Currin, GCIS Acting Director-General. 

The program concludes with the Government Exhibition Day.  This is where more than 20 government departments and entities will showcase their products and services, allow members of the public easy access to government information and service offerings to better their lives.   Services offerings include those of Home Affairs, Unemployment Insurance Fund, South African Social Security Agency, Health, National Youth Development Agency, Legal Aid South Africa, Human Settlements and Retail Savings Bonds. 

The GCIS hosts these exhibitions quarterly, covering different provinces as a way of ensuring that citizens have access to government information and services in an integrated manner. 

"Like many communities in South Africa, Ka Maqhekeza has a high youth unemployment rate, and as we approach Youth Month, we want to ensure that we leave no one behind and that information and services reach the people where they are.  Therefore, we call upon young people at Ka Maqhekeza and surrounding areas to embrace this opportunity”. Currin said. 

Journalists are invited to attend and interact with speakers and youth at the two events.  

Day one:   Thursday, 25 May 2023 

Vuk Talks Youth Seminar:  Ehlanzeni TVET College, Mlumati Campus 
Time: 9h30 – 13h00  

Day two:    Friday, 26 May 2023 

Government Exhibition Day:  Nkomazi Plaza, Ka Maqhekeza. 
Time: 9h00 – 15h00

For interview requests and confirmation of attendance contact Pheliswa Sebati on 082 43 4609 or Joy Themba on 072 364 5300

Michael Currin
Government Spokesperson 
Cell: 082 462 7896

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