This was particularly in line with the statistics household survey that reflected a large percentage of the unemployed in South Africa as being the youth.
He added that unemployed youth was made up of a majority of Africans, mostly women.
SUMMARY Umsobomvu Youth Fund briefed the Committee on its background, main activities and location, the Fund's capacity and their plans for the future.
Their target group was largely the unemployed, with a focus on the rural areas.
He said the second phase involved fostering the necessary integration in the period of the years 2003 - 2005.
He explained that UYF would cease to exist if they did not link up with all projects and activities taking place.The challenge for UYF was how they could create hope without becoming unrealistic.UYF could only refer young people to service providers.The Port Shepstone and Empangeni youth advisory centre has satellite offices and community youth service projects which focus on youth around the community and identifies bridging programmes for unemployed youth graduates. He explained that this card was not going to create jobs but it would enable youth to receive discounts and enable UYF to keep track of the youth, where they were living, what they were doing, and how to contact them.Youth could give the Fund their details if they wanted to obtain the card.They did, however, have the right to an audit at any point to verify what the application of the fund, as part of their risk management and monitoring.Discussion A Member asked if the UYF was not a duplication of the National Youth Commission (NYC) in terms of is functions.Tapping into interrelated development plans was their way of laying a meaningful foundation and entering the economic mainstream.It was imperative to forge an integration strategy with local government.The latter was not a priority because less than 4% of the youth are able to make use of it.Twelve of the target amount of fifteen youth advisory centres are operational.