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R900 000 boost for Makana youth centre

The Makana Special Programmes Unit (SPU) will receive R900 000 from the Umsobomvu Youth Fund (UYF) to establish a Youth Advisory Centre in Joza Location.

Makana SPU manager, Mncedisi Boma, told ECN that the idea emanated from the Makana Youth Indaba in 2003.
"An advisory centre is a long overdue service for the youth in this municipality," he said.
Two people will be hired to run it - a career advisor and an outreach officer.
"A career advisor will help young people to develop business plans and provide career counselling to to the youth after matriculation and the outreach officer will be responsible for taking the centre to rural areas, marketing the programmes offered by the centre," he said.
Makana Youth Council chairman, Oscar Dondashe, said he thought the toughest challenge the centre faced was the political situation in Makana, where those involved with the centre would be victimised by others, who did not want good things to happen in the community.
"The centre must not be politically managed and it would be appreciated if the Makana SPU could employ qualified people to run the centre rather than taking their 'friends' on," he said.

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