Youth Month for this year is being commemorated under the theme “Live the Legacy: Towards a Socio-Economically Empowered Youth”. Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa(CCBSA) is passionate about the future of our youth through various programmes that seek to invest and empower our youths so they can prosper and revitalise our economy.
As such we have recently launched a flagship Youth Entrepreneurship Programme – Bizniz in a Box where CCBSA together with partners such as SIOC Community Development Trust, SEFA and Thabazimbi local municipality run a competitive process to source youth who can compete for an opportunity to operate and eventually own their own spaza shop. This programme was established to make a meaningful and sustainable impact on youth unemployment through enterprise development, particularly in the communities where CCBSA operates.This will include a selection, training of youths between the ages of 18 and 35 who are looking to kick-start a new business.
To introduce this concept townhall sessions were held from the 11th to the 13th of June in the Thabazimbi area where youths were encouraged to sign up to reduce the 26.9% unemployment rate (Ipeleng, Regorogile, Skierlik, Northam, Smashblock, Rooiberg and Raphuthi). Jane Rambau (CCBSA North West District Manager) present at the sessions encouraged the youths to take up this opportunity as it will give them a means of livelihood. One such hopeful who is extremely excited and hoping to join the programme is Lebogile Tsieco (38) an enterprising resident of Extension 6 in Northam who currently bakes and sells biscuits on order for her community. “This programme sounds amazing and I hope to be considered for this opportunity so my business can grow even bigger, “she said.
After selection, psych assessments and an intensive bootcamp for the final shortlisted candidates will push them a step closer to owning their dream spaza shop.
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