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The government-backed Umsobomvu Youth Fund (UYF) has launched a youth
Internet portal and a nationwide call centre to provide a range of
information and services to young people. The UYF was established in 2001 to
reduce unemployment through skills development and entrepreneurship
programmes. The call centre called youthconnect and the youth portal are set
to provide a range of information and services to approximately one million
young people in the next three years as part of the UYF´s programmes.
The services relate to career development, employment and entrepreneurship.

The UYF said the portal at would allow users to
access other services and information such as citizenship, health and well
being. Computer access is made through Youth Advisory Centres (YACs), UYF
partners and other agencies.UYF CEO Malusi Kekana said the facilities would
draw on a comprehensive database covering skills providers, entrepreneurship
programmes, potential employers, career guidance and even health issues for
the youth.

He said surfers would be able to get advice on topics ranging from
developing a business plan to learning basic computer skills and writing a
CV.The Fund said one of the challenges facing unemployed young people was
access to information to refer them to services where they could obtain
a**istance to enable them to make meaningful decisions about their lives.
For this reason, the youthconnect and the portal would attempt to address
these challenges.

By dialling this number, 08600 YOUTH (96884) for the first year of the
project, the youth may even have their calls personally answered by Mr
Kekana who will spending two hours a week manning the phones as the project
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Umsobomvu Youth Fund is a disaster. 1 Billion rand was made availble. What the heck have they done. It seems to be a way of giving its CEO a high profile. It sad that structures put in place to help young people such as you and i are used in this manner by these guys. I only got apiece of his interview with Mkhari on Metro. i had serious concerns to raise, just could not get through.

There has to be a review of the role these guys are playing in our society. the same goes for the Youth Comission. how many young people know or have worked with them? Hands Up.