WC to create youth employment

Western Cape has received R16 million to help create job opportunities for the youth.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said they received R16 million from national government to create job opportunities for unemployed youth.

She launched the Advancement of Youth Project at the College of Cape Town on Thursday.

The initiative will give more than 800 youngsters, who matriculated in 2011, an opportunity to be interns in local government until the end of 2012.

"A total of 850 of them will be working throughout this year as interns in a range of different capacities. Those who do very well will be employed on merit," said Zille.

The Western Cape has an unemployment rate of around 22.2 percent, which is lower compared to other provinces.

South Africa has an unemployment rate of 25 percent.