Zille explains how WC initiatives put youth development in sharp focus

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says provincial government’s strategic efforts continue to have a strong focus on youth upliftment.

The Western Cape government identified several interventions, or 'game changers', that are most likely to improve opportunities and address some of the greatest challenges facing the province.

The 'game changers' are:

  • Skills development
  • Energy security
  • High-speed broadband
  • eLearning
  • After-school programmes
  • Better living models
  • Alcohol harm reduction

Zille says the roll out of eLearning portals and wider broadband across schools will help improve the prospects of young people.

Three or maybe even four of our 'gamechangers' out of the six are focused precisely on the youth to give them a better chance in life.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

We have rolled out 1 875 sites for broadband, including 1 200 schools. That's almost all the schools in the province.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

Every school will have access to broadband and we are rolling out the eLearning projects.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

That could help us get around the problems of overcrowding and teacher incapacity.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

Western Cape schools alone use more internet bandwidth than the whole of the government in the rest of the country.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

We have 72 000 young people in the Western Cape in after-school programming. That's a 264% increase since 2014. We aim to get to a 112 000 learners.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

Take a listen to the Premier elaborate on WC government's plans:


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