The youth of uMdoni and uMzumbe Local Municipalities under UGU District Municipalities are proud of their achievements as participants of the EPWP’s Youth Environmental Service (YES) Programme. The YES programme initiated by KZN Public Works in partnership with Wildlands Conservation Trust (WCT) in 2017/2018 has registered a positive impact in changing the lives of young people as beneficiaries.
Benficiaries Silindile Msane interviewed by SABC radio and television
Benficiaries Msawenkosi Mthiyane interviewed by SABC radio and television
The youth were identified from twenty deprived wards through Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS) War Rooms. Silindile Msane of Ward 8, KwaMgaye (uMzumbe Municipality) and Msawenkosi Mthiyane from Ward 3 at Dududu (uMdoni Municipality) are among 160 YES programme beneficiaries who graduated with Agri-Seta Accredited Certificate in Plant production NQF level 3 implemented by KZN Public Works.
Silindile – who previously graduated from the Durban University of Technology and could not found employment says participating in the YES programme assisted her with a variety of valuable skills in plant production and business management. She says the stipend received for participating in the programme not only assisted her in supporting her family and buying her cosmetics, it assisted her to purchase the baking equipment for her case selling business in the community and local schools.
Msawenkosi says the YES programme boosted his morale and created opportunities for him to succeed in life. He says the stipend received while on the YES programme assisted him in obtaining a drivers licence and in supporting his family with immediate grocery needs.
EPWP beneficiary: Thulasizwe Khumalo
Another beneficiaries who shared their success story on EPWP YES programme are Thulasizwe Khumalo of Dududu, Ward 3 of uMdoni Municipality and Anele Nzama. For Nzama, the EPWP stipend has made a great impact for his future as he had already registered his company, Thiya Trading while participating on EPWP YES Programme. This company is involved in construction and renovations, catering and school feeding scheme projects. Khumalo says his involvement with KZN Public Works EPWP has open avenues for his growth. He says he was grateful to the Department and Wildlands Conservation Trust for valuable skills he acquired during the training programme.
Anele Nzama who has her eyes cast in becoming a graduate in Shipping and Logistics used her stipend to improve her matric results through the Durban University of Technology bridging programme. She is proud to have obtained an NQF Level 3 qualification as a participant in the EPWP YES program
Anele Nzama displaying her certificate
These young beneficiaries are grateful to KZN Public Works Provincial EPWP Coordination for affording them with opportunities that will change their lives for the better. The YES programme promote sustainable development and conservation of natural resources; protect and improve the quality and safety of the environment; prevent and reduce environmental pollution and waste; continuously improve the atmosphere and quality of air and create suitable conditions for sustainable growth and development.
EPWP beneficiaries celebrating their achievements with Minister Nxesi.