ohannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Addressing young people in Mfundisweni in Ntabankulu in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, South African Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams encouraged young people to have an interest in technology and social media, SAnews reported.
She underlined that technology and social media can improve their lives for the better and in that regard they didn’t need to go to Gauteng for better opportunities.
“You can start your own business and market your products all over the country using social media,” said Ndabeni-Abrahams.
“All you need is a computer or a cellphone and to get connected to internet. You also need to open a bank account at your nearest Post Office so people (you working with) will deposit money in your account.”
Ndabeni-Abrahams encouraged young people to use the internet to their advantage.
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is taking over and therefore you need to take advantage of it to improve your lives,” she said.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution brings about disruptions to digital technology across industries. This will bring new scope in all economic sectors such as the job market of the future, skills development and education of the workplace.
It will also give countries a unique opportunity to address youth unemployment by adapting the education models to catalyse innovation and upskill youth for digital transformation.
Meanwhile, Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor also encouraged young people to be entrepreneurs.
Pandor told the young people, who came out in their numbers to interact with the various exhibitors on site, that they could also consider furthering their studies at the various colleges throughout the country.
“You can follow a career path from the various courses offered at the colleges,” the Minister said, adding that the country needs more engineers, welders and plumbers.
“As government we realised that most students lack money to further their studies, government is now assisting needy students by offering them bursaries,” she said.
Pandor told the young people that it was up to them to decide where they want to further their studies.