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Youth empowered at energy summit

29 June 2017
Local Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu, young entrepreneurs Greg Miller (28) and Deon Wallace (28), LED and Tourism Director Carlene Arends, Eskom’s Loyiso Tyabashe and Trevor Arosi from the Kouga Windfarm were at the Youth in Energy Summit at the Cape St Francis Resort.

Local Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu, young entrepreneurs Greg Miller (28) and Deon Wallace (28), LED and Tourism Director Carlene Arends, Eskom’s Loyiso Tyabashe and Trevor Arosi from the Kouga Windfarm were at the Youth in Energy Summit at the Cape St Francis Resort.

Kouga Municipality hosted a Youth in Energy Summit, as part of activities to mark Youth Month, at the Cape St Francis Resort, on Wednesday (28 June).

The summit brought together young people in business from the different wards across the Kouga region, to share information about business opportunities within the energy sector and how to access services from development institutions.

The function was held with partners in the energy sector and those in entrepreneurship and small business development, like Eskom, the Department of Energy, Kouga Windfarm, South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA), Eastern Cape Development Corporation, National Youth Development Agency, South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society and The Hope Factory.

Welcoming delegates to the summit, Local Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said the municipality recognized that it was important to invest in young people as they were future leaders in different aspects of human development.

“We understand that we are here to learn, but at some point we must actually walk the talk. We also need to be prepared that in business, there will be no instant gratification,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen, Kouga Speaker Horatio Hendricks said young people should ensure that they are part of decision making platforms where it concerned matters that would affect them.

“The fact that we say you are the future should not mean that your role in the development of our society only begins tomorrow.”

“Together we must position ourselves well for the inevitable technological revolution ahead. We have to secure the future today,” said Hendricks.

Eskom’s Acting General Manager for Nuclear Build Loyiso Tyabashe said the entity was on a journey in Kouga to seek means of getting youth in the area to acquire rare skills training so that they are in a position of readiness to participate meaningfully in future jobs and bidding activities related to mega projects in Kouga and the country as a whole.  

“We have identified the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) as a strategic partner in skills development for the energy industry and we have awarded 10 bursaries this year which we will grow going forward,” he said.

Tyabashe added that this investment went with providing small businesses, owned by the young and old, with sound business acumen which they do through an incubation programme run by Eskom’s agent, New Generation Mindset (NGM).

Five young business people were selected at the summit – through a lucky draw – to be taken through the comprehensive NGM programme.

There were also stories shared by other successful young business people as inspiration to those who were still in their early stages in business.