DA-led Johannesburg tackles youth unemployment through Opportunity Centres

Issued by John Moodey – DA Gauteng Leader
28 Jun 2018 in News

Today the DA-led City of Joburg opened its second Opportunity Centre at the Roodepoort Civic Theatre. This centre is the second of the 14 planned Opportunity Centres by the City’s Department of Economic Development by the end of the 2020/2021 financial year.

The purpose of these centres is to support economic growth and development through the support of SMMEs and entrepreneurs with the aim of decreasing unemployment.

Some of the standardized services on offer at the Roodepoort Opportunity Centre include:

Business assessments, gap analysis and development plans:

  • Tax and accounting advisory services, including company registration, tax compliance, financial advisory and auditing;
  • Managed workshops, meeting rooms, internet Wi-Fi services offered on a subsidised monthly fee and/ or pay-per-use basic;
  • Funding facilitation – including funding projects awareness and application support; and
  • Assistance with City supplier data base and compliance issues.

These services will be provided at no cost to the SMMEs with the City providing the facilitation and space required to offer them.

The DA-led City of Joburg is setting the bar by building centres like these to support and enable our unemployed youth to get work.

The DA is the only party that has a plan for creating job opportunities and empowering the youth. This is the kind of change we will bring to the whole province in 2019.