Refilwe Mtsweni speaks Mpumalanga youth unemployment

She addressed the provincial house of traditional leaders.


Newly elected Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni has touched on the issue of young people being unemployed, saying they are “roaming the streets aimlessly hoping”.

Mtsweni spoke to traditional leaders during a special sitting at the Mpumalanga legislature on Friday.

Mtsweni said the youth of Mpumalanga continue to be hopeless, “hoping that today will be better than yesterday, and tomorrow than today”.

“We cannot fail them,” the Premier said.

“We must find sustainable solutions,” she said.

She was elected last week to serve as the first female leader of the Mpumalanga government in the since 1994 – succeeding deputy president David Mabuza who left the position on 26 February 2018.



“Our determination and vigour to fight these challenges require commitment,” Mtsweni told traditional leaders.

A year ago the house elected Inkhosi Sandile Ngomane to take over the reigns from Kgoshi Lameck Mokoena as the new chair of the Mpumalanga house.

“Our people are looking up to you chairperson,” she told Inkhosi Ngomane, “and members of your executive to provide the kind of leadership that will inspire and give them hope,” she said.

(edited by MLM)

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