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Youth Month 2016

2016 Marks the 40 year anniversary since the Soweto Uprising on 16 June 1976, when 15 000 students gathered outside the Orlando West Secondary School, to participate in a peaceful march against the use of Afrikaans in their classrooms.

Youth Month, and Youth Day, pays tribute to the school pupils who lost their lives during the 1976 uprising in Soweto under the national theme “Youth Moving South Africa Forward.”

This Youth Month our government will highlight all the available opportunities we provide for the youth, educating young people about their history and heritage, while inspiring youth to get involved and to help them realise their role towards social cohesion and nation-building.

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

Let us help you shape your future

While the youth of 1976 fought against the system of the apartheid government, our youth of today face new challenges.

High levels of unemployment and poverty are serious challenges, but a better future is possible if we take small steps together.

Investing in our youth

We will spend R9,4 billion in the 2016/17 financial year on the development of youth in the Western Cape. Western Cape Minister of Finance Dr Ivan Meyer said it was "important that our commitment towards youth development is reflected in the kind of programmes we offer our youth."

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.

Spending will include:

  • R56 million to create internship opportunities across its various departments;
  • R274 million to provide youth access to the development of vocational and technical skills, ensuring that beneficiaries are able to take up the technical jobs required by the labour market;
  • R353 million to provide youth with access to broadband and the Western Cape Government’s eLearning platform.
  • R709 million to give youth access to various support and youth enrichment programmes such as our MOD centres, Youth cafés, Youth Hubs, and Youth Camps; and
  • R111 million to provide assistance to our youth at risk.

An integrated approach to youth development

Read more about the various programmes and initiatives we have 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.

Honoring and celebrating our youth

The second annual Department of Social Development (DSD) Youth Excellence Awards was held in June 2016 to celebrate and recognize the achievement of young people across the province. Read more about the various categories and respective winners for 2016.

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The content on this page was last updated on 24 June 2016