Mpumalanga launches welders programme

Mpumalanga launches welders programme
BEING SKILLED: Young people of the province will now have an opportunity to learn welding as a skill in an effort to address youth unemployment.

The launch is aimed at fighting the continued increase in youth unemployment.

The battle to end the rising Mpumalanga unemployment is taking a new turn with the launch of a welders programme.

The programme is launched by the Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative and the Small Enterprise Development Agency.

It’s called Mpumalanga Informal Welders Recruitment Programme and was launched in the Middelburg area on 25 October 2019.

It’s hoped the programme will assist rural and township based informal welders “to easily access the market and grow their businesses to create employment”.

“Our strategy also includes the creation of a Mpumalanga Welders & Fabricators Portal and a mobile App that will assist our recruited small medium enterprises to access international and domestic markets,” says Victor Mashego, CEO for Stainless Initiative.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa stated the importance that incubators must play in assisting the country to deal with our ever-growing unemployment rate,” said Mashego.

He said as a “direct response to the President’s call” for the role players in the economy to assist in fighting unemployment they have decided to come up with the welders programme, targeting informal welders in the kasi and rural areas.

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Mashego said most of the informal welders were getting hired in the same areas they live in but didn’t have proper exposure that could make meaningful economic empowerment.

“Institutions that wish to partner with us in this empowerment programme are welcome to interact with us,” he said.

“Your financial and non-financial support will be highly appreciated. We already partnered with Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), MERSETA, Forek Institute of Technology (FIT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the National Empowerment Fund (NEF). Two of our other major stakeholders in this project include Columbus Stainless and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism,”  Mashego said. 

Interested people can call 013 246 1528 or visit


(edited by MLM)

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