Taung is primarily dependent on an agriculture-based economy and there are limited opportunities for youth and professional career development. Stats SA (2011) results reported that 63.5% of households in Taung survived on an income ranging from R1 to R38 200 per annum while 20.5% had no income at all.
High unemployment rates and the lack of youth development opportunities are having a devastating impact on the youth of this region with there being a high correlation between high unemployment and poverty rates and high crime, HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy and outward migration levels.
The same can be said for women with the Gender Sonke Justice finding that, “Many women [in Taung] suffer poverty, discrimination and gender inequalities, and work in isolation, having no recourse to a movement set to improve their living, working and social conditions”.
We plan to address some of the above challenges through a number of interventions including:
- Training talented and unemployed youth to become paid tutors and computer use trainers in our centers.
- Providing organized activity and safe recreational spaces for young people to engage productively and upskill themselves in various areas.
- Provide workshops in various topics covering entrepreneurship, job seeking, sexual and reproductive health, computer training etc.
- Providing a safe and well-resourced space for space for young entrepreneurs to work and market their trade and services.
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