I am a resident of Welkom. My name is Deidre Sesele. I am 21 years old and part of the youth of our city.
With all due respect, I would like to know why there are absolutely no Internships, learnerships or even bursaries available to the youth of Matjhabeng local Municipality? You might ask has she even called the municipality in regards to this. Yes, I have and I was met with a response as follows: “We can’t do anything for the youth, we sent NSFAS to communities. That is all we do”.
If our own municipality is not helping the youth in such respects, how can we expect any other municipality to be of assistance to us. Our municipality is one of the very few municipalities who has nothing to offer the youth.
The response to the above posed question might be that the municipality has financial constraints. With all due respect, I do not accept that as a valid response. Especially after reading through the Budget plans as well as the Integrated Development Plan that have been published for the next three financial years. If municipalities in worse financial positions are investing in their youth with bursaries, learnerships and Internships. What makes Matjhabeng Local Municipality so different?
Bearing in mind that if you do not reside within the specific municipality, you are automatically not allowed to apply. So again I ask what is to happen to the Youth of Matjhabeng local Municipality?
As stated by the late Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu in the 2018-2019 MFMA we know that the Free State as an entirety has a path in financial maladministration due to there being a lack of accountability within municipal leadership. Don’t you think that by affording the youth with specific internships in various fields that it would lessen the money spent on Consultants? Internships will actually help the local municipality in submitting audit outcomes and overcoming shortfalls such as in administrative support. Bursaries, not managed by councilors because they just loot funds, but managed by specific municpal staff to ensure that the funds are paid to the university on time. Most importantly, what is to happen to students that can not even gain practical experience in our municipality in order to cross out the unnecessary 2-3 years experience that is always wanted when applying for government positions?
I, Deidre Sesele am pleading with the readers to give the youth opportunities and to extend an olive branch to them. You might be surprised by the passion and commitment you will be faced with from them. The Matjhabeng local Municipality can be great again but if the youth is not actively involved and included then unfortunately it will not occur.
The last request and response I seek is that the Municipality may please update its website and social media pages.