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Youth Cafe opens in Mitchells Plain

MEC Albert Fritz officially opened the first Youth Cafe in Mitchells Plain on Monday.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz officially opened the Youth Cafe in Mitchells Plain on 20 January 2014. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says residents need to claim back the streets that have been seized by gangsters.

Albert Fritz launched the first Youth Cafe in Mitchells Plain on Monday.

Fritz says the main goal of the new youth development initiative is to ensure young people become self-sufficient, independent and good citizens.

Mitchells Plain resident Abongile Gorati says although he is still jobless he feels he is in the right state of mind to pursue a career as a tour operator after getting involved in the pilot project for the Youth Cafe.

The 22-year-old, who matriculated in 2010, wishes to travel and hopes to study further.

He says he hopes to use his new skills to stay on the right track and not get involved with crime as many of his peers have.

Fritz says the Youth Cafe is a sustainable programme that aims to prepare the youth for the digital era.

The department also aims to roll out the Youth Cafe in Vredendal, Beaufort West and Oudtshoorn.

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