On Monday, 14 January 2019, 17 young people from Kwanokuthula, Qolweni/ Bossiesgif and 6 young people from Kurland Village/ The Crags was deployed to community projects in Bitou as part of the two month community service component of the NARYSEC programme. This placement follows the initial phases of the training programme that started in September 2018.
In 2018, The Department of Rural Development & Land Reform in partnership with Bitou Municipality recruited 34 young people from Kwanokuthula, New Horizons, Qolweni/ Bossiesgif and Kurland Village/ The Crags, into its 2018 - 2020 NARYSEC intake for a two years certificate programme in plant production, welding, community development and basic military training. Twenty three (23) youth of the original recruits remained in the programme, post-recruitment.
The programme was re-launched in Bitou, after a visit by the former national minister of Public Administration (now Communications), the Honourable Ms. Ayanda Dlodlo (MP) and followed by various officials of the Department of Rural Development & Land Affairs, in 2018. This is the second time, young people from Bitou Municipality, participates in the NARYSEC programme. The first group was recruited in 2014 and successfully completed the programme in 2016, also as part of the partnership between Bitou Municipality and the Department: Rural Development & Land Reform (DRDLR).
The NARYSEC programme is a 24-month skills development programme within the Department of Rural Development & Land Reform (DRDLR), which targets unemployed rural youth, aged between 18 – 25 in possession of Grade 12 (Standard 10) as part of the rural economy transformation strategy from poor rural wards. Since its inception in 1 September 2010 to date, NARYSEC has recruited 16178 rural youth in all 9 Provinces.
The programme develops the skills of targeted NARYSEC participants through various skills development initiatives in partnership with other public and private sector institutions in line with rural economy transformation strategy. It exposes participants to different skills fields which focus on instilling a culture of discipline, patriotism, community service as well as technical and vocational skills that equip participants with skills on Construction, Agriculture, Household profiling, Welding and Records Management amongst others.
The programme facilitates employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for NARYSEC participants that have completed the 2 year programme within 2 years of exiting the programme. Participants receives a monthly stipend for the duration of the programme.
To improve the quality of life of rural youth and free the potential of each youth
Strategic Outcomes (NARYSEC)
CURRENT STATUS OF THE BITOU NARYSEC PARTNERSHIP
The participants has been deployed, respectively at the UMYEZO WETHU FOOD GARDEN and at two creches in Kurland Village/ The Crags. The latter group will ultimately be integrated as partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries of the honey bush tea farm in Kurland Village/ The Crags, along with a group of the 2014 – 2016 NARYSEC participants. The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has donated a farm to community organisations, towards this end.
The community service ends on 31 March 2019, after which the participants will return to commence with a one year learnership in plant production at a TVET college. The Kwanokuthula participants has to ensure that through their efforts the quality, yield and production of the UMYEZO WETHU Food Garden are enhanced and improved. In Kurland the NARYSEC participants assists with early childhood development, under the mentorship and coaching of qualified ECD practitioners.
Liaison and local coordination of the NARYSEC partnership, resides with Mr. Duncan Meyer of the Youth Desk, Office of the Executive Mayor.
Enquiries: Manfred Van Rooyen
Senior Communications Officer
Tel: 044 501 3193
Mobile: 063 407 3112