The Deputy Minister was speaking in Taung in the North West on Thursday where she participated in a youth dialogue with over 400 young people as part of the provincial government’s accelerated service delivery programme dubbed “Setsokotsane”.
The programme is aimed at addressing service delivery backlogs in the area.
“The bright future that we yearn for depends on our collective efforts. We have a responsibility to build the legacy that we can be proud of. It is only when you take yourself seriously that you will understand everything that the Constitution and the Freedom Charter articulated,” said the Deputy Minister.
Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams was accompanied by MEC for Community Safety and Transport Oageng Molapisi, the Mayor of Dr Ruth Mompati District Municipality Elvis Tladinyane, the Mayor of Greater Taung Local Municipality Kaone Lobelo and Kgosi Tshepo Mankuroane, among others.
The North West Development Corporation, the National Youth Development Agency and Brand SA were also at the event to share information on how to access available entrepreneurial and employment opportunities.
There was also a Setsokotsane exhibition offering services and opportunities to youth.
Director of Youth Entrepreneurship Services, Thapelo Sekawana, said it was important for government to create such platforms to assist young people to harness opportunities available through training, employment and entrepreneurship.
These platforms will in future be created through youth camps.
Premier Supra Mahumapelo said he sees the Setsokotsane programme as the best approach to responding to the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality in the province.
“It is about putting people in the field to do work and by doing that we will be working towards achieving the objective of the national democratic society.
“Resources are not limitless and that’s why we use little resources that we have to achieve more with less. Through Setsokotsane, we can do work in one day that people have been unable to do in a year,” said Premier Mahumapelo.
Premier Mahumapelo will on Friday establish a provincial bursary fund, the Kgetsi-Ya-Tsie Bursary and Skills Development Fund.
The fund, which was announced in his State of the Province Address, will be launched in Khudutlou Village at Baga-Maidi Primary School Sports Ground.
It is expected to assist hundreds of students who struggle to pay their tuition fees and facilitate increased access to educational opportunities.