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Business opportunity for youth cooperative

27 November 2016
LED Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu (left) hands over the container keys to Young Generation members Ilgin Grobbelaar and Bernard Draai while SMME officer Zingi Mdidimba, LED director Carleen Arends and LED manager Vivian Blouw look on.

LED Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu (left) hands over the container keys to Young Generation members Ilgin Grobbelaar and Bernard Draai while SMME officer Zingi Mdidimba, LED director Carleen Arends and LED manager Vivian Blouw look on.

A youth cooperative from Jeffreys Bay has joined forces with Kouga Municipality to offer business services to job seekers and entrepreneurs.

Kouga Local Economic Development (LED) Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said the cooperative, Young Generation, would be operating from a container at the parking area on the corner of St Francis Drive and Goedehoop Street.

The container was handed over to the cooperative, Young Generation, by the municipality’s LED, Tourism & Creative Industries Directorate last week.

Dhudhlu said the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and Coega Development Corporation (CDC) would also be assisting the cooperative.

“They will be receiving training and equipment. This will enable them to offer various services to the public, including, internet access and the drawing up of CVs and business plans.

“Once they have undergone training with CDC, the plan is to link them up to the corporation’s database as well, so that they will be able to keep locals updated about jobs being advertised,” he said.

Young Generation is a cooperative from Ward 2 and consists of Ilgin Grobbelaar, Bernard Draai, Taylon Hammond, Elviera Dolph and Dene Williams. The members are aged between 22 and 28.

“Unemployment among our youth is a big challenge across South Africa. The new Council will be doing everything we can to empower our youth and expose them to opportunities,” said Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen.