The government of South Africa has invested 1 trillion Rand in infrastructure development. The Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela, is tasked with coordinating the process of the infrastructural development.
According to Footprint to Africa, he noted the relevance of infrastructure to realising development goals as it enables government set the foundation for growth and provide employment to its citizens. “We are transforming the economy, directing national growth and driving job creation by implementing a long-term, government-led infrastructure development and investment programme,” Mr. Manamela said.
Mr. Manamela further mentioned key areas of the National Development Plan that will be worked on: infrastructure development and investment. This the government intends to create a favorable environment for youth development. “We expect young people and youth organisations to develop these opportunities and turn them into gold. Young people must not depend on the charity of government. Instead they must be resources for their country, working with government as partners to create opportunity,” he said.
The National Youth Policy 2020 (NYP 2020) was designed to drive youth development response. It will also see the creation of 60,000 internship opportunities.
“Through the NYP 2020, we will improve public employment schemes such as the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), Youth Brigades and the Community Works Programmes. These programmes provide an important social safety net for young people whilst improving their employability, skills development and getting them on the first rung of the empowerment ladder,” he said.
Entrepreneurs produce business and creates job opportunities for others. The government hopes to draw out more entrepreneurs through the program. “We are creating a value chain of entrepreneurship across the spectrum from start up to black industrialists,” he said.