16 June 2019


Provincial Youth Career Expo receives a thumbs-up 

by: Kagiso Metswamere and Lorato Majobe   date: 06 july 2018

Young people of Bokone Bophirima’s rural areas have expressed appreciation to government for bringing a Career Expo to their areas. The career expo offered them the necessary information that will come in handy when making future career choices.

Hundreds of young people from various parts of the province gathered at the Tlapa village last week to be part of the Youth Expo organized by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela, addressed the career expo. 

One of the young Expo attendants, Sello Mabada from Kroondal, said: “I received a lot of information from here on a number of things regarding different career paths. 
We need to be happy, and for us to find peace we need more education in our lives and this exhibition gave us hope, exactly what we need to do in order to make right choices”. 

Unemployed young people, including high school leaners and those from TVET Colleges, attended the Career Expo in a village about 25 kilometres from Marikana in the Rustenburg Local Municipality.

This Expo was part of events closing Youth Month activities. Various entities and government departments exhibited there, including Office of the Premier, Department of Education and Sport Development, National Youth Development Agency, National Student Financial Aid Scheme and SETAs.

Keorapetse Mafolo from Ramochana village said he appreciated the Exhibition.

“I want to start a construction company, but I did not have information on how to go about doing it. I am happy that I managed to get the information I needed regarding processes that need to be followed and who to talk to when starting the business I need,” Mafolo said. 

Mogomotsi Phutu, representing the Rustenburg municipal Council said: “This exhibition was a great event not only for our young people, but the entire village.
We are glad our young people had the whole day to interact with people from government and other entities to get information that will help them in their future  because they normally don’t get exposed to events such as this one.”

Deputy Minister Manamela encouraged the youth to remain in school because education plays an important role in ensuring they become better people.

He said his department had identified that the biggest barrier for young people to further their studies and access opportunities was information, especially those who were in rural areas.

“It is good to see our young people asking questions at different exhibition stalls and speaking to various people who have information on different career opportunities.

“We think this activity here will help and motivate our children to shape their future well by making the right career choices,” he added, and advised those who are in Grade 12 to start applying to different instituions of higher learning and for bursaries.