In the third quarter of 2021, the expanded unemployment rate in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) stood at 48,6%. This means that close to majority of the people in KZN were unemployed.
The provincial government in KZN recently cemented a partnership with the eLan Foundation’s Shift Africa Project in the hope of creating employment opportunities for more than 100 000 youth in the province.
Premier Sihle Zikalala said the partnership is strategic because it talks about economic growth, redistribution and creation of jobs.
He said the project will train youth and ensure that they are employed in the property development of the project which will be implemented in the Ilembe District.
“One of these projects is the Blythedale Coastal Estate Resort, which is a mega catalytic project that will attract international investors. It will be the biggest resort in Southern Africa and result in the employment of more than 100 000 people during the construction phase, and yield more business opportunities for SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises),” explained the premier.
The eLan group has also been provided with a database of young people that were trained by the Department of Social Development which includes ex-offenders.
Zikalala spoke about the importance of rehabilitating ex-offenders which will give many of them a second chance at life.
“The ex-offenders, who have been trained, will also be given an opportunity to work in the Blythedale Project and make a meaningful contribution to the growth of our economy,” concluded the premier.