DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND AFRIKA TIKKUN AIMS TO CURB POVERTY AND YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

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Afrika Tikkun and the Department of Social Development held a business breakfast on Friday in Houghton hotel.  Afrika Tikkun is dedicated to reduce child poverty and youth unemployment by empowering young people with necessary tools to access the economy and supporting their development from an early age, breaking their depending on social security and impending poverty cycle. The CEO of Afrika Tikkun Marc Lubner together with the Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu signed a letter of intent to collaborate around the Cradle to Career 360 Model. The model is about enabling young people to be economically empowered.

Marc Lubner said we have to look at the development of a person holistically and invest in an individual’s ability to believe in themselves, the core of Afrika Tikkun we seek to give opportunity and direction to young people so that they do not become victims of poverty but rather become contributors to improving the country.

“we believe that Afrika Tikkun’s design, configuration and offering of child and youth focused development services through the Cradle to Career 360 programme will reinforce not only the deliverables of the Department of Social Development and its entities the National Development Agency (NDA) and South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) but it will also serve as a key pivot with which a range of community targeted services can be delivered” said Lindiwe Zulu.

“I invited the private sector to join efforts under Afrika Tikkun’s Cradle to Career 360 programme and to reinforce a working public-private-civic-academic-multilateral partnership that will give rise to the South Africa we want to build. We are now twenty five years into democracy and I hear an increasing call that each of us must do things differently if we want to see a better South Africa and improved South Africans” she added.

Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu and Marc Lubner CEO of Afrika Tikkun

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