Speech by Neftaly Malatjie on the CEO Report 2020
To the Bishop, Pastors, The Board, Advisory Committees, All Southern Africa Youth Project Structures, Committees, Trustees, Directors, Senior Management, Programme Staff, Administrative Staff, our partners, leaders of civil society organisations, members of Southern Africa Youth Project and members of other organisations.
To all of you I say Peace of God be unto you.
The year 2020 has been a terrible time for the world as large as well as for Africa and Southern Africa Youth Project.
We were warned by our spiritual leader to be aware of what is coming to our land.
Indeed Covid19 has arrived, has consumed the world. Has reshaped and restructured how we do things, how we talk and how we see those next to us.
The year 2020 came with lots of bad news for African states where we saw South Africa being downgraded to a junk status in the midst of pain. We saw people from Zimbabwe illegally migrating to South Africa because of the brutal poverty that is happening on their side.
We saw Nigerians strike against SARS in their country and forced the government to intervene.
We saw racial and political intolerance happening in South Africa and other parts of Central Africa.
With all of these happening the grass is the one suffering.
Our youth are deeply in sadness, sorrow and discouragement.
The African states economies are not performing in good state to accommodate them to create jobs for the African youth.
Many young people are falling out of formal employment systems and moving to informal employment which are bringing no hope.
Entrepreneurs are facing a difficult challenge as they are unable to get the income they need to sustain job-seekers.
The year 2020 has been terrible to youth employment as we have seen so many companies, entrepreneurs and governments automating their operations.
With the presence of technology reducing employment by 60% it means in every 10 people at least 4 remain. This is worrisome to us as a youth development organisation.
Our General Manager outlines how we have managed to reach at least more than 2 000 young people in the year 2019 – 2020 starting from 1 April – 31 March 2020.
We have managed to train and empower more than 6 000 youth from the townships, cities and rural areas of Africa.
Southern Africa Youth Project is looking forward to seeing how international and national governments are going to do to create a safe space for Southern Africa Youth Project to address youth unemployment in Africa.
I would like to thank the staff of Southern Africa Youth Project for their amazing job for making sure that we keep young people into jobs, employment, education and entrepreneurship.
I would like to thank all the donors, partners, funders and investors for their contribution to the organisation.
Mostly I would like to thank God of Mount Zion for keeping us safe.
My speech shall end here.
Neftaly Malatjie | Chief Executive Officer | Southern Africa Youth Project
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