The aim of the project, driven by the KZN Premier, is set to assist unemployment in rural areas via the digital economy, robotics, drone technology and mechatronics.
Taking a closer look at the initiative, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, led by Premier Dube-Ncube, forged a partnership with SANCHAA Connection, to teach people how to repair, maintain and refurbish smart devices.
SANCHAA Connection is a South African-based training company backed by the MQA Mining Qualification Authority.
To achieve this purpose, KZN Provincial Government, in collaboration with SACHAA Connection, is recruiting young people to be trained as technology device repair technicians.
The recruitment drive started on Tuesday, 10 January 2023, and so far it has recruited more than 300 young people at Esikhawini Sports Centre in Richards Bay.
Furthermore, on 11 January 2023, the recruitment drive proceeded in the rural community of eNyanyatu at the Dorset Presbyterian Church Of Africa and the Sibongile Township in Dundee.
On 12 January 2023, the recruitment drive proceeded to Bhukanana Post Office in Ntambanana focussed on empowering 100 young people. While being trained on the three-month course, they will receive a monthly stipend of R1 500.
During training, these people will gain practical experience which will enable them to implement the skills they acquired in the business field.
According to the Provincial Government, as part of Phase 1 of the Smart Connected Province, the initiative is to train 75 pupils, who reside at Empangeni, Danhauser and Dundee.
The youth will be exposed to a one-year training programme and Bootcamp to learn more about 4IR-related skills, and teach them how to be economically active in the digital economy
“In partnership with Spoornet, the provincial government will be converting close to 50 containers that will be used as digital centres and will be distributed throughout the province, targeting rural areas and areas where young people are most affected by unemployment,” said the Provincial Government.
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