Minister Fritz and Mayor Naik of George Launches 10th Youth Café in Uniondale

Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, and Executive Mayor of George, Ald Melvin Naik,  launched the Province’s tenth Youth Café in Lyonville, Uniondale, in partnership with the Garden Route District Municipality on Wednesday.

Minister Fritz and Mayor Naik unveils the plague at the Uniondale Youth Café

This innovative collaboration will ensure that young people can harness important skills in IT literacy, Google and IBM training, life skills and the arts; to name a few.

The Uniondale rieldancers perform at the launch

Minister Fritz said, “When we opened the doors to our first Youth Café just 5 years ago, it was an exciting new initiative and we were very anxious to see whether the Youth Cafés would be accepted by young people. We started out small but ambitious. Today, our Youth Cafés receive approximately 10 000 visits a day! I look forward to launching an additional three youth cafés in the 2019/20 financial year in Metro-North, East and the Overberg.”

Mayor Naik with some of the youth in the training room at the new Youth Café

Mayor Naik said this is another great milestone for Uniondale and the surrounding areas. “This Youth Café is for all and should be used optimally. The Youth Café will bring opportunities to the youth and even older people. Our people in the rural areas are faced with a lot of challenges but with information services like the Youth Café  it will make life a bit easier.”

Minister Fritz enjoys a cup of coffee with Cllr Esau at the coffee bar at the Youth Café

Naik thanked all involved in the project especially Minister Fritz and his team who made it happen. He told the youth that the change in their lives starts with themselves. “No one owes you anything but you owe South Africa something. The Youth Café gives you a starting point to access what is already inside you,” Naik said.

Minister Fritz further said, “The concept of a Youth Café is born out of the Provincial Youth Development Strategy. The Strategy has given us a strong foundation and guided us in building a society defined by freedom, fairness, and opportunity for young people. It has guided us in the roll-out of key services and interventions.”

Under the leadership of Minister Fritz, the Western Cape Department of Social Development will continue to provide opportunities to the young people of the province.

Fritz said he is very serious about the future of our youth because he comes from very humble beginnings and someone gave him an opportunity that changed his whole life.

Captions: Unionyouth1: Minister Fritz cutting the ribbon at the launch of the tenth Youth Café in Lyonville, Uniondale. With him from left are, Cllr Sean Snyman, Portfolio Councillor for Social Development, Cllr Jarques Esau, Ward Councillor for Ward 25, Mayor Naik and Nomama Williams from the Department of Social Development.

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