The eThekwini municipality has launched the KwaZulu Natal Career Expo and Youth Employability Indaba aiming at showcasing employment opportunities in the province.

The main conference will take place at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 24-26 next month.

The expo will be open to the public and aimed at high school learners, university students, unemployed graduates and job seekers. It will promote access to employment opportunities, help the youth to find place in the job market.

EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede says their purpose is to reduce the high rate of unemployment by providing valuable information regarding employment.

Gumede says this is part of advancing the radical economic transformation programme.

“We are trying all levels as to how can we make sure that we empower our youth if we are saying we are going radical. We cannot say we are going radical of which our youth are not [getting] enough.”

“We are working together with our business support, so that if our youth wants to start small businesses we able to assist them as the municipality in different needs. But it’s important for us if you want to start a business, you must understand what a business is, hence is very much important to up skill the youth so that they can face whatever they want to face,” says Gumede.

Meanwhile, Sibonelo Mseleku and Slindile Sithole, who benefited from the previous youth employment programme, says they are willing to help the youth and people living with disability in terms of employment and business information.