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Youth Month

Youth Day The biggest challenge facing youth in the Western Cape and South Africa is unemployment. According to StatsSA, 38,2% of South African youth aged 15 to 34 are unemployed. Lack of experience and education increases the vulnerabilities of young people in the labour market. 

While the youth of 1976 fought against the system of the apartheid government, our youth of today face new challenges, but a better future is possible if we take small steps together.

The Western Cape Government remains committed to helping our youth through internships, learnerships and bursary programmes. 

Youth Month  2018 marks 42 years since the uprising and we pay tribute to the youths that lost their lives with the theme “Live the legacy: Towards a socio-economically empowered youth”.

Youth Month and Youth Day was officially launched by government at the Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum by Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and NYDA, Dr Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma.

This year is also significant as it is the centenary year of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.

Watch what our young people will be doing to uplift their communities

What the Western Cape is doing for our youth

According to Youth Explorer, 27.1% of youth in the Western Cape are employed and the Western Cape Government is serious about increasing this number.

Increasing the number of young people getting on-the-job training as apprentices is one of the Western Cape Government’s Game Changer initiatives. The province has set a target of helping 11 300 qualified apprentices get into the labour market by 2019 in partnership with schools, TVET colleges and employers.

“Apprenticeships represent the first step on the career ladder for a lot of young people. But employers need to be at the centre of this, creating a bridge that will take them from their educational institutions into the workplace, where they can learn skills that are vital to our economy,” Minister Alan Winde said.

The five sectors, with examples of some of the skills required are:

  • Oil and Gas: Air conditioner technicians, refrigeration mechanics, boat builders, brick layers, riggers, pipe fitters
  • Tourism: Bakers, tour guides, chefs, sports and fitness instructors
  • Agri-processing: Electricians, fitters and turners, microbiologists, food technicians
  • Energy: civil engineers, environmental health specialists, electricians
  • ICT: Software developers, programmers, systems analysts, telecommunications engineers.

Investing in our youth

The Western Cape Government offers many programmes that focus on youth development. This includes the MOD programmes, Youth Cafés, PAY interships and the Year Beyond programme. 

Improving the quality of education, in-and-out of school time, particularly in no- and low-fee schools remains a top priority for this Government. 

The Western Cape Government’s Youth Development Strategy (YDS) takes on a whole-of-society approach and guides the programmes aimed at young people in our province. Our goal is to equip youth with the skills and tools needed to lead a life of value, and is based on 5 pillars, including:

  • strengthening families,
  • improving education and training,
  • increasing access to economic opportunities,
  • giving  youth a positive sense of belonging, and
  • providing effective services and support to reconnect to society.

Youth Day An integrated approach to youth development

Read more about the various programmes and initiatives we've put in place to help our youth reach their full potential.

Youth Cafés

The YDS has opened the way for projects like our Youth Cafés which offer skills development programmes. 

MOD Programme

The Mass participation; Opportunity and access; Development and growth (MOD) Programme aims to create a socially inclusive, creative and active Western Cape.

Year Beyond 

Apply for this programme if you’d like to tutor primary and high school learners. Year Beyond is an educational outreach programme that aims to assist underperforming schools, while giving you the opportunity to gain new skills.

Premier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) project

Started by Premier Helen Zille, this project aims to provide recent matriculants with the opportunity to gain workplace experience in the Western Cape Government.


Explore the education apps, videos, eBooks and online courses available on our ePortal will improve your grades and help you realise your full potential.

Bursaries and learnerships

From engineering to accounting, use this page to find a bursary and kick start your future.

National Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)

This programme aims to reduce poverty and unemployment by providing temporary work, an allowance and training. EPWP beneficiaries work in various places in the districts of the Western Cape, changing their young lives for the better.

Youth Camps

The Youth Camps aim to open opportunities for networking, social inclusivity and the mass participation of youth to work better together to redress the challenges young people face on a daily basis. The Youth Camp programmes comprised of leadership, social inclusion and character building exercises.

Join the conversation

Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #YouthMonth18 #BeTheLegacy. 

The content on this page was last updated on 12 June 2018