Youth employment is arguably the greatest challenge facing South Africa with 60.2% of young people unable to find work. There are about 400 000 unemployed youth in the Cape Flats, outside of Cape Town. COVID-19 and the lockdown has had disastrous socio-economic impacts. We now have 52% of our people living below the food poverty line.
We equip 100 unemployed youth per year with the knowledge and hands-on skills of designing and implementing permaculture design, which can then be applied to homes, lives and projects. This grows their confidence as well as the resilience of Mitchells Plain. Through job shadows we connect graduates to livelihood opportunities in the local green economy.
202 is the third year in a program that has taken a promising pilot into Phase 2. Since 2019, we will have graduated 300 young people with rigorous Monitoring & Evaluation that catches where the magic happens and poises us for greater impact. Our aims are for national reach - so that the young people of South Africa might be equipped to look after themselves in the face of climate change.