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Unemployment: Youth Ministry ponders solutions

Ministry of Youth Empowerment Sports and Culture Development (MYSC) is grabbling with solutions to the unemployment conundrum, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Ministry, which is under the watch of Tumiso Rakgare and Billy Buti, is mostly worried by the escalating joblessness as it directly affects the young graduates.  At one point, this publication has learnt, that Rakgare pushed for the internship allowance to be increased from P1400 to at least P2000. This, however, never succeeded as the government lamented about a bleeding purse. 

According to Statistics Botswana (SB), the unemployment rate went up by 1.3 percentage points, from 23.2 percent in the quarter one of 2020, to 24.5 percent in quarter four, 2020. Currently, it is estimated to be at 26 per cent. This has left the Ministry with nothing but to come up with ideas and ways to fight this vice. 

In a bid to curb the depressing numbers of unemployment and to encourage entrepreneurship, the ministry is said to have taken a decision to encourage most of the youth to venture into small stock than cattle rearing.  It is said from the Youth Development Fund (YDF) especially pastoral farming, the youth are mostly persuaded to take small stock.

“We haven’t finalized as yet. But we are removing cattle, they will only be considered when there is a value chain to benefit other youth. We have resorted to small stock because it is quickly profitable, and therefore the youth can sell and make money, especially that there are international markets in the offing. Again, this is done to support the Presidential initiative, which is aimed at improving the small stock to eventually export. Compared to cattle, goats and sheep appear to be a better venture,” one ministry official told this publication.

The Ministry is also revitalizing their dilapidated 68 hectares farm in Mmankgodi to house the youth who are interested in various areas of farming.  Currently, the farm is still in maintenance phase as houses and boreholes are being refurbished. 

The whole intention is to give the youth two-year leases to occupy the land which has poultry houses, kraals, and a plenty of horticultural land to the youth using the available amenities like electricity and water at no costs.

“The recent closing of imports on some vegetable productions has opened our eyes. We want to be robust with the youth and go horticultural way to empower our youth and reduce the unemployment rates.  One of the concerns is land, which is why the plan is to lease to them so that they are empowered, then they graduate, and we give others a chance. That way we can beat unemployment, and it will also assist us to be self-sufficient and maybe achieve food security,” said the official who could not be named as the preparations are yet to be publicized.

For the 2022/23 financial year, the youth ministry is also working on creating a Youth Hub that will house at least 100 youths from various sectors to share resources and showcase their product while the ministry assist them with the market. 

“It has been noticed in a number of applications of YDF that office space is a thorny issue, so what is planned is to secure a place for them and avail necessary resources. We cannot fund everyone who wants videography equipment for example. We will instead buy the equipment and then select five from that industry and share those, that way we will save money while on the other hand we have given them the office space they want. It will also allow them to have a market because clients would know where to find them, we are convinced that it would work wonders for the youth and economy,” explained a very optimistic source from the Ministry.   

SPORTS ALSO TO CURB UNEMPLOYMENT

Ever since the duo assumed Ministry in 2019 it is said they have been working tirelessly to ensure that sport rewards athletes beautifully. 

In 2021, the ladies national senior team were awarded P250 000 to share after reaching the COSAFA finals for the first time. Just recently the same team received P650 000 for their maiden qualification to the Africa Women Cup of Nations. Further, the Ministry has also rewarded athletes from the Olympics with houses after winning a bronze medal. 

“The Ministry sees sport as a tool that can seriously fight unemployment and empower the youth. The Ministry has secured quite a number of sponsors for sports, like the recent P9 million towards athletics for preparations of the next Olympics. The Ministry wants to assist in exporting a number of athletes,” added the official.

This publication has also learnt that the Government of Botswana and Namibia have agreed to Co-host the 2027 AFCON. The bid preparations have started, and the bid committee will soon be set up, it is said. 

“This if we are successful we will see our tourism being exposed. Look at how the Kazungula Marathon boosted the Chobe region and imagine if we host a tournament of AFCON stature, the economy will boom and our youth and other Batswana will be the biggest winners.” Contacted for comment on what the Ministry could be doing behind the scenes as far as curbing unemployment is concerned, Minister Rakgare could not share much. 

“I thought we are partners in developing our country and economy. But some of you (media), wants to derail us from our vision as a government and ministry. I will engage you later, right now, we are busy working and all what you are saying I cannot confirm nor deny.” 

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