Incentive scheme for CT youth

CT Social Development Dept. is using a unique incentive scheme to keep youngsters off the streets.

Officials along with their counterparts, employed by the Education and Sports & Culture Departments, are rewarding children for participating in extra mural activities.

CAPE TOWN - The Social Development Department said it was using a unique incentive scheme to keep youth off the streets.

Officials along with their counterparts employed by the Education and Sports & Culture Departments are rewarding children for participating in extra mural activities.

The R20 million budget set aside for the Two Oceans Youth Academy also rewards learners with perfect attendance records and good results, in the form of prizes and learning aids.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said the project focuses on children living in gang ridden communities.

"Some of the boys would get very big incentives if they attended school. Some of them are going to watch the Manchester United game on Saturday because of their good results and performance in school on and off the field."

Fritz said this project is aimed to secure future employment for the provinces under privileged youth.

"We work closely with the department of education and we're starting to work very closely with the department of economic development because a lot of our youth need work and opportunities to whether they can be the next entrepreneur etc."