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This article is taken from the March 1999 Phatlalatsa newsletter

 

Youth Reconstruction Workforce

Some of the country's leading youth researchers are on the staff of S&T.

S&T was approached by Phil Chen of the South African Investment Fund and Sipho Shezi, then Director-General of the Department of Public Works, to help prepare a Business Plan for the Reconstruction Workforce.

The Reconstruction Workforce is a way of providing youth with structured work experience, educational opportunities, as well as caring for the after-effects of apartheid through group therapy, self-expression forums, and so on.

The Business Plan contains two key proposals. Firstly, it was recommended that all government infrastructure projects in South Africa recruit a minimum of 15% of their workforce from the youth. This will immediately create paid labour, coupled with opportunities for training, socialisation and so on, for hundreds of thousands of young people.

Secondly, it called for the establishment of Reconstruction Centres, to fall under the aegis of the Community Service Initiative of the National Youth Commission. These will be residential centres, which will provide counseling, education, career guidance and other services, mainly by compiling provincial and local rosters of civil society providers and operating a referral service. The youth will again work on infrastructural projects in poor areas.

 

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