Exclusive interview | Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

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The mission of Africa Talks Business is to provide news that is specifically informative and that will have a good impact on our society. 

We discuss this with Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and learn more about the goals and requirements of the Department of Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities. 

Tells us more about strategic partnerships that can benefit you: 

“ Well one, we can have partnerships in our awards ceremony – because it will take a lot of resources to put it together, whether it is the venue, the food, the stage, the lighting, it’s the awards themselves. So that is an area of partnership we are looking for In our own work in promoting for instance women empowerment and women’s economic empowerment we can have partnerships there. In promoting youth, skilling youth and ensuring that young people do have opportunities in various areas of sectors of the economy. We can have partnerships there. In Agriculture, especially in our rural communities, they can use the little land they have to create wealth for themselves. In terms of integrated farming, whether it is crops or livestock. Partnerships we need there, whether we are looking at the creative industry – every industry we are in right now we can have partnerships” Says Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Tell me more about the micro bakeries you spoke about and which companies you are looking to work with? 

“Well, when we come to micro bakeries we are actually looking to train bakers, people who can bake in the rural districts. We want to start with three districts and train 100 young people to bake. Baking bread to make wedding cakes, and the whole value chain of baking. We think this will help because it will give them a skill, to further find a Job or start a small business for themselves. So, we will need support to get baking equipment and to get venues where we can do this baking – it is important – and also in agriculture we do not want money. We want people to donate equipment and resources. So in most of the things we want to do we do not want money, we want people to partner with us and donate the things we need for the project.”

In order for the Department of Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities to succeed, they need both private groups and individuals to support their programs. 

To take part in the change, contact the department – Mandisa.Mbele@dwypd.gov.za

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