The Youth Voice

We have seen school Learners killing each other, killing their teachers using knifes

The question is:
female educators are they safe from being raped?
What should the department of education do to stop all this?
What should parents do?
What should the Churches do?
Readers responded
By shiekane Khoza
The females educators are not guaranteed safety, so far as I can look at it.
The department must atleast team up with politice, and community forums to strengthen the security, if we can have tied security have schools that no one can jump a fence and also search learners before entering the premises

Parents must teach  their children morals how to behave in community, what is the Good attitudes and bad attitudes and what are the consequences of someone when have bad behavior in public how does that ruin your public identity.

Churches must play a role of praying every day on the school assembly, they must deliver these children because some need deliverance.

By misskeri
There is no excuse in what these kids are doing . Schools should be a safe place for all the kids and the teachers .

I suggest that all the security guards of all the schools should atleast search all the children entering the school premises and also get more people who will be responsible for the safety of the children.

This is honestly getting out of hand and we as a nation can stand together and fight this .we need to work together .

By masoka Dube
Everybody is not safe at schools nowadays. I don't the police are doing enough to deal with crime at the learning institutions. I believe police should intensify their strategy of addressing this issue. Another issue contributing to the matter is bullying. Many children feel obliged to join gangsters at school for protection against bullying. As a results we end up having many gangsters at schools. Those gangs end up starting terrorising teachers and other learners. Education authorities and police should create a situation where learners will feel safe at schools. By so doing there will be no criminal activities at school. Those committing crime at school should be also given serious punishment. Parents must also tell their children about the danger of committing crime. Churches should also run programmes sensitising the youth about the danger of being involve in criminal activities.

By pearl
Parents should start by playing the role of parents and meet the teachers half way. Female educators will never be safe as long as school premises are unsafe. Churches can start by giving us pastors that are truthful,honest and stand by what God really expect of them to be. The department must be serious in implementing and keeping the promises the keep making to our schools everyday and face challenges given to the hands on and stop making endless promises

By Nompumelelo
Corporal punishment must be brought back. Parents also must not spare a rod in the pumishment of their children. In this way things will go back to normal because these children are doing what they please knowing that the government will protect them. This new government has destoyed our children.

By Nolwazi
the department should hire securities in each n every school to search for every child that is entering the school to make sure that he/she is not holding anything that will end up harming someone

Youth driving SA back to Rail

Friday, October 26, 2018

Local youth are at the forefront of assembling, testing, commissioning and delivering new and modern commuter trains for South Africa.

They are employed at the first of a kind - R1 billion train manufacturing facility in Dunnottar in Ekurhuleni, about 50km east of Johannesburg.

It is at this new 72 hectares plant where they are employed by Gibela to build Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)'s rolling stock of modern commuter trains.

Gibela – a partnership between Alstom, a multi-national world leader in integrated transport systems and South Africa’s uBumbano Rail and New Africa Rail – was launched in 2014 to deliver on two major contracts for PRASA. These are to manufacture 580 state-of-the-art X’Trapolis Mega commuter trains over 10 years to replace the aged current fleet for Metrorail and the supply of technical services and spares for the trains over their first 19 years in service.

The cutting-edge train production facility, which was unveiled on Thursday by President Cyril Ramaphosa, is a critical hub of providing onsite maintenance and engineering services, a training facility for railway-specific artisan skills and an engineering centre of excellence.

The construction of the factory commenced in January 2016 with manufacturing activities starting in 2017.

Over 400 people employed

According to Gibela, currently, more than 400 people are directly employed and it anticipates that the number will rise to more than 1 500 once the factory is in full production.

Of these, more than 200 are engineers and technicians – including 80 women who have been trained and deployed as full-time Gibela employees; 50 skilled and semi-skilled artisans and technicians have been recruited, and 65 apprentices selected to begin their apprenticeships at the new training centre since last year.

Youth such as Mapula Tsebela (25) a semi-skilled mechanical filter at the factory is one of the previously unemployed youths who has benefited from the project.

Responsible for the internal installations like door trimmings, roof arks and seats, Tsebela from neighbouring Tsakane Township told SAnews that the project has changed her life by giving her an opportunity to be employed full time.

She found out about the project through a website, applied and got employed in April 2018.

"The six months working here has changed me. It has been a great experience since I am fresh from college after graduating in mechanical engineering at Ekhuruleni East College. This plant has created a great experience for me and many other youth in this area," she said.

Another youth, who was employed by the project, is Sibusiso Simelane - an electrical filter who started working last year November after hearing about the project from the Department of Labour.

Simelane said he had to undergo further skills training which was offered by the company.

"This project has changed my life because I'm now part of history. This is a big project for South Africa and I'm part of making history and even generations which will follow will know about this project. It has changed my life."

The youth who spoke to SAnews at the factory said the plant is helping to address the most important challenge in South Africa today – unemployment, especially among the youth.

The overall employment equity constitutes 49% female and 51% male with 635 full-time employees, 90% of whom are Black, according to Gibela.

To meet the demanding local content requirement of at least 65%, Gibela has taken on board 54 South African suppliers to supply materials, parts and services. This has created more than 4 700 jobs which the company is supporting through its activities.

Looking ahead over the next 10 years, it is planned for the training centre to skill over 6 700 artisans, about 2 000 engineering technicians and nearly 600 professional engineers across South Africa’s rail sector.

In addition to this, the factory has awarded 250 South African students for study in rail-related fields at South African tertiary institutions.

Factory a milestone for rail in SA

Speaking at the unveiling of the factory to the public, President Ramaphosa said the factory is a great moment both for the development of passenger rail in South Africa, the economy, industrialisation and manufacturing in the country.

The President went on to welcome the investment commitment, saying this project demonstrates the value of the partnership between the government, its agencies and the private sector, ensuring that public investment in infrastructure is effectively leveraged to promote industrialisation, localisation and job creation.

"When we talk about the expansion of our economy, it is a place like this and people like you that we are talking about."

After decades of under-investment in new trains for passenger rail transport, the President said this investment signifies a new era in the modernisation of the commuter rail network.

Restoring manufacturing and creating jobs

This factory will have a profound impact not only in the sphere of public transport but also in developing the country’s manufacturing capacity, President Ramaphosa said.

"For instead of simply importing new train sets, we have used this opportunity to invest in local industry, capabilities and skills."

This gives concrete expression to the government's determination – as articulated in the framework agreement adopted at the Jobs Summit which identified the growth of South Africa's manufacturing base as a key priority.

After years of decline, President Ramaphosa said the government is determined to restore manufacturing as a growing sector of the economy, in large part because it has great potential to create jobs, support secondary industries and increase the export capacity.

"This factory will demonstrate that South Africa has advanced manufacturing capabilities that will only gain in value over time."

Transforming the rail sector

Turning to the rail sector, the President was of the view that the factory will serve as a catalyst for the transformation of passenger rail services and public transport more broadly.

“It demonstrates our determination to develop passenger rail as a critical enabler of economic growth and social development.

"Our railways must become the arteries of a growing economy that brings meaningful improvement in people’s lives."

Vandalism of trains

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said he is concerned about vandalism of the trains and rail infrastructure.

“Mr President we hope that you will help in stopping the vandalism that we encounter. On Saturday, I will be convening an Imbizo in the Western Cape which will look into this.”

He added that the plant speaks to a number of key government objectives such as industrial policy plan, modernisation, investment and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE). -

Helping Young Business People To Grow

By: Pretty Gazide

Charged up foundation will be hosting a business expo at Agincourt Assemblies of God on the 13th of October . The aim of the expo is to encourage and empower young entrepreneurs who are in any level of business and those who want to start their businesses. Business beginners need to be encouraged and to be injected with positivity in their minds for them to conquer any challenges they will come across.Successful Business people will be part of the speakers invited to share their knowledge and expertise in their various fields of work.“Entrepreneurship is much harder than being employed, so it requires passion, commintment and persistence. The entrepreneurship expo is relevant and can greatly assist many young black entrepreneurs. We do not need money to succeed , we need a market. Fighting for money should not be done in isolation from the fight for market, this should be done concurrently because we cannot find money without having a market.” said David Maatse, one of the young entrepreneurs.  For this positive initiative to be successful and fruitful, there will be speakers from different departments which are related to entrepreneurship such as NYDA, Social Development, Department of Arts ,  sports and Recreation .Speaking to this publication  , Admission Ubisi said the business Expo will assist many upcoming entrepreneurs who do not know how to access funding or how to implement their ideas."Bushbuckridge is rural , having an event of this calibre will be very beneficial to the youth of this area. This is truly information and wealth brought to our disposal , it is up to us to attend and take the information we will be given and use it productively "

Topic: Numerous strikes have been happening continuously around Ehlanzeni, what do you think of them?

Stanley Nyalungu

People must remember that burning the tar roads is not a solution for water crisis but they are giving birth to another crisis which will be road with pot holes. We need to find a way of addressing our problems and frustrations without damaging government infrastructure; I support the barricading of roads not burning. 

Lebalang Marule

The community of Marite was not supposed to burn down the house or evict the family especially when they were mourning the death of their mother just for the sake of the mall they are fighting for. My biggest issue is who will buy from the mall? Good enough to have the mall there but if there are no tenants to lease the property then that equals to no jobs for the community. Anyways who will buy there, who will benefit more? 

Sifisosethu Sibiya

We are easily influenced. I bet 99% of the people who forced out the family won't even get the lowest employment in the mall, won't benefit something. Acting without information is not right. Dayizenza Shopping Centre in Mahushu shops are closing down, when they opened the community benefited nothing, we still don’t want to learn. 

Samu Georginah

all of those who are in support of these strikes must call me when the construction of the mall has been completed to tell me if they got jobs or not. The passport to getting a job in South Africa is education, not violence.