Thousands of learners and students attended the Youth Development and Career Expo at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in Soweto to listen to government’s plan for youth development in South Africa.
The expo was convened by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Learners and students who attended the Expo were inspired by leaders from government on how they can be successful in their studies.
They came from all corners of the province to get career advice.
The High School learners were exposed to various career opportunities. They believe the Expo will help them make right choices with their careers.
One learner says, “We are here to experience everything that people are doing and we are going to be successful. We want to go forward and make our dreams come true.”
Another says, “I am hoping to be well informed about the career choices that I have already made and to seek guidance so that I will be well informed when I finish Matric.”
“I want to become a teacher one day. This Career Expo has given me the confidence to do better in my studies. It has motivated me to push myself and to find out more about the teaching profession. I want to make a difference in people’s lives so I look forward to a bright future,” says a third learner.
Deputy President, Ramaphosa has urged learners to take every opportunity the government is presenting to them.
He says learners should also love their subjects at school in order for them to succeed.
“We are investing a lot of money in your education. If you look at our budget today most of the money that we are spending on percentage basis goes to education. We doing this because we are determined to invest in your education we are determined to invest in you.”
Gauteng’s MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, says his department is doing everything in its power to support and develop learners in the province.
He has committed to providing financial support to top achievers of each school.
“Every learner who occupies position one, position two, position three in every school – that particular learner will be given a bursary for four years at the university of their choice. We need to reward our young heroes we need to give them opportunities and we need to ensure that they get educated.”
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The power crisis is something that South Africa would have to bear with for at least the next two years, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.
“That is going to be a problem that will stay with us for… two years. We can’t run away from that,” he said during a question and answer session in the National Assembly. He said many countries around the world were facing an energy crisis, including the US.
“The good thing with us is we are not sitting on our backsides. We are addressing the problem.” He said state owned enterprises had accelerated development in the country over the past 10 years. “Notable progress has been made in turning around Eskom.
I did say the appointment of the acting CEO [Brian Molefe] has been a really good shot in the arm of Eskom,” Ramaphosa said. “Governance and leadership challenges at Eskom are being addressed as we speak. “South African Airways and the South African Post Office are also being turned around.”
‘They are going to be turned around’ He said there were a number of reasons why parastatals could underperform, including governance problems. “[However] we must dispel the myth that people who run parastatals are ill-equipped to do so. Many of them are good professionals and they need to be supported and assisted in their work.
” He said Transnet was an example of parastatal that was “operating well”. “It may well appear that we are pumping billions [into parastatals], and we are. But that is how it works,” Ramaphosa said. “They are going to be turned around.” He said almost all companies have high and low periods, including those on the stock exchange.
“When they go through their down time, you don’t jettison them and throw them away.” Ramaphosa was also asked about reports that PetroSA could declare a loss of between R9-billion and R14.9-billion for the 2014-15 year, which would the largest incurred by a state company. He responded that many companies in the oil sector were having financial troubles, however he did not speak specifically on PetroSA’s reported loss.
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