Celebrating youth in June | Western Cape Government

Celebrating youth in June

(Western Cape Government)

Youth Month 2019

During Youth Month we remember the positive impact youth activism had on our path to democracy and celebrate the important role young people play in society today.

The Department of Transport and Public Works involves youth in skills development and road safety education projects and initiatives, among other things.

Graduates paying it forward

Lunch and learn

Once Masakh’iSizwe Bursary recipients graduate, they join the Department’s workforce through the Professional Development Programme.

These graduates welcome the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with other young people who aspire to work in a built environment discipline.

During an event for Africa Month 2019, Masakh’iSizwe bursary graduates spoke to a group of Premier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) interns, inspiring them through their life experiences and encouraging them to apply for a Masakh’iSizwe bursary.

Graduates also spoke to high school learners at the Department’s Take a Child to Work Day session.

Building with EPWP


We ask unemployed and unskilled youth to apply to be part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). Participants' chances of finding jobs or starting their own businesses are increased through this programme.

EPWP participants assist the Department to build and repair roads and other construction projects including schools and hospitals.

Road safety innovation


Every year, the Department involves high school learners in the Participatory Education Techniques (PET) and road safety high school  debate projects. The PET competition challenges learners from Grade 10 and 11 to identify road safety problems in their communities and to find research-based solutions. Judges score competing schools on the quality of their models (displays) and their presentations on research-based solutions to road safety problems in their communities.

These learners are then in a good position to present their road safety ideas to councillors and mayors for possible incorporation in municipal plans and budgets.

This year (2019) the provincial road safety debate event was held in Brackenfell on 25 May. Learners from participating schools debated important road safety topics and the winners will now go on to represent the Western Cape at the national competition later this year.

Schools competing in the debate competition were:

  • Ilingelethu Secondary (Malmesbury),
  • Vredenburg High
  • Bloekombos High,
  • Bernadino Heights High (Kraaifontein),
  • Sizimisele Technical High (Khayelitsha),
  • Khayamandi High, and
  • Makupula High (Stellenbosch).

Read more about road safety education at the Department of Transport and Public Works.

The content on this page was last updated on 14 June 2019