Eastern Cape rural development and agrarian reform MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane has challenged youths to be self-employed and start up their own businesses instead of demanding government jobs.
By doing this, Qoboshiyane said, the youth would be taking part in the economy instead of being onlookers.
The MEC was speaking at the Old Mutual stakeholders’ engagement meeting in East London yesterday.
“The Z83 [government job application form] is not a solution. We need young people whose palms and fingers are in a position to touch and change the economy,” said Qoboshiyane.
Themed “Education and skills development is key to community prosperity” the event, held at The Venue@Hemingways, was the latest in Old Mutual’s positive futures engagement series, which are held throughout the country.
The event brings together the public and private sector to engage on how best they can work together to improve the quality of education, with a specific focus on mathematics and science.
Qoboshiyane said it was time to move away from being a destructive society when people were unhappy with government services.
“If they don’t get a clinic they destroy the roads. The mentality that has been planted in their minds is that we [government] are going to do it for them,” he said.
The MEC said he would rather fund a person who wants to run their own enterprise than those demanding government jobs.
A presentation of key stakeholders from both government and private sector discussed one of the most topical issues in the country – education, with an aim to prioritise the importance of improving education and skills development.
The discussions also aimed at positively impacting and driving the growth of the provincial economy.
The MEC made an example of Old Mutual when he encouraged those who attended to open their pockets, purses and bank accounts to invest in education in order to transform communities and develop lives.