The DA has the vision to turn Tshwane into an attractive place for young people to do business.
This was said by DA leader Mmusi Maimane during an oversight visit to the arts and craft centre at zone 6 in Ga-Rankuwa on Tuesday.
Maimane visited the arts centre, which houses several small business and job creation projects, to show support for small businesses.
He was accompanied on his visit by DA Gauteng provincial leader John Moodey and Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga.
Maimane engaged with young people participating in the FabLab programme, an initiative by the DA-led coalition administration in Tshwane in partnership with the Innovation Hub Management Company.
“We need to create work for our people and ensure that South Africans can find work,” said Maimane.
Maimane said because of centres such as this, he had decided to see for himself how the DA could help support micro-enterprises and small businesses.
“I am proud of the work the youth is doing here,” he said.
The programme at the arts and craft centre focuses on grade 9 to 11 learners.
It is aimed at exposing learners to entrepreneurship, technology and innovation training that prepares them for the jobs market once they have completed high school.
More than 250 learners from previously disadvantaged schools have benefited from the programme to date.
These hubs can ultimately build successful and sustainable job-creating businesses, said Maimane.
“These are not just offices. They are spaces of creation where ideas can be turned into small businesses within hours. They offer expert advice, practical help and useful services.
“This visit shows what is possible with a government that facilitates successful entrepreneurship, rather than trying to direct the economy.”
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