About 35 000 jobs have been created in rural areas in the past four years, the department of rural development and land reform has said.
“The introduction of rural development as an extra mandate of the department of rural development and land reform created 35 000 jobs and provided 17 279 individuals in the countryside with various skills so they can help themselves,” spokesman Mtobeli Mxotwa said today in a statement.
Mxotwa said the department’s enterprise development arm generated 16 044 of these jobs, while infrastructure development created 5 838 jobs.
This was reinforced with the enrolment of 12 881 rural youths into the skills training programme the National Rural Youth Service Corps (Narysec).
“Narysec youths are recruited from the 3 000 rural wards between the ages of 18 and 35 years of age, irrespective of gender and the disability.
“These youths are trained in various skills like waste water management, water purification, construction, electricity and agriculture so they be marketable and also that they can open up their own businesses,” said Mxotwa.
The rural development jobs were created through various initiatives such as building of bridges, schools, health facilities and the construction of roads.
“The government’s aim was to enable the youth to develop their own rural areas once they are fully skilled,” he said.
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