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'The youth should be uplifted'

MEC Albert Fritz spoke at the Youth Cafe launch, designed to reduce unemployment.

MEC Albert Fritz spoke at the Youth Cafe launch, designed to reduce unemployment. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says youth should be uplifted so they can inspire their peers.

The MEC launched the department's first Youth Cafe in Mitchells Plain on Monday, in an effort to reduce unemployment.

The centre will be open each week from Monday to Saturday.

Anyone between the ages of 17 and 35, needing guidance or assistance to kick start their careers, are welcome.

Young people from Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain and Nyanga cheered when they were told they could achieve whatever they wanted.

Fritz believes this enthusiasm will inspire other young people to make something of their lives.

"Thousands of young people can come through the programs of empowerment and can go and make a difference and a change in the lives of many other young people, but also in society."

The MEC says they plan to roll out the project in rural and farming communities like Beaufort West and Oudtshoorn within the next year.