Eskom will commence building the Ndlehle Youth Centre, a modern facility fitted with Information Communications and Technology (ICT) with internet accessibility for the rural youth, in January 2017.
“The fact that we are a caring government it is now seen through action. Ours is to improve the lives of our people more especially in historically disadvantaged communities…through our development communications agenda. We are committed to changing lives so that they can be part of the digital economy.
“Working with Eskom we are now creating new possibilities for the youth in rural areas as strongly we believe that modern technologies can be used for the benefit of humanity which will also help solve social problems in this community.
“As government, we want to challenge the youth of this area that after Eskom committed to invest a lot of money in your area, you must help them to fight Izinyoka in your area,” the Minister said.
Speaking to SAnews, Eskom’s Group Executive Group Capital Abram Masango said the power producer also donated 60 computers to the youth centre.
“…Construction of the R1.4 million state of the art centre will start in January next year.
“Eskom as a responsible corporate citizen is a driving force behind the corporate social responsibility initiatives aimed at supporting government and relevant structures in Mpumalanga. To date more than R140 million has been spent on CSI projects,” said Masango.
Minister Muthambi also donated furniture worth more than R400 000 at Ndzundza Fene Tribal Council in the Kwaggafontein area. The furniture is also sponsored by Eskom.
Lucky Sibanyoni chairperson of Ndlehle Youth Centre said: “We are so happy about this massive boost from Eskom. This is going to boost our technical computer skills programme. It is a good news to hear that we are now going to have our own a lab that includes computers and internet connections, really this is going to save our organisation money to train more youth in the area than we do currently because we had to outsource this programme to other accredited institutions … due to our shortage of space and resources.”
The youth centre includes a space for a reception area and boardroom. The youth are currently using one of the tiny offices and old office furniture.
The centre has only one toilet which is shared by the males and females, staff and public.