DPME to launch NDP Youth Brand Ambassador Programme
The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) will launch the National Development Plan (NDP) Youth Brand Ambassador Programme for young entrepreneurs on Thursday, 28 September 2017 as part of the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the NDP.
The NDP Youth Brand Ambassador Programme began in March 2017 at the South African Youth Awards (SAYA) when the winners of SAYA were hosted by Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, Jeff Radebe at the Union Buildings to engage further on their expansion and growth as young people who are contributing to the goals of the NDP which are reduction of poverty, inequality and unemployment.
The DPME further partnered with CISCO, Duke University and various government agencies in July 2017 to incubate the entrepreneurs from the SAYA as well as those selected from various government led youth initiatives who were being prepared for the NDP brand ambassadorship by hosting a masterclass entitled, The fourth industrial revolution as a disruptor and opportunity for youth entrepreneurs. The master class was covering topics on artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and it equipped participants with best practice approaches on how to incorporate technology towards the implementation of the NDP Vision 2030.
On 1st September, Minister Radebe and Deputy Minister Manamela hosted the youth entrepreneurs of the NDP Youth Brand Ambassador Programme at a breakfast meeting with business representatives. The aim of the meeting was to introduce the NDP Youth Brand Ambassador Programme to the business sector, foster a strong relationship on youth entrepreneurship and encourage active citizenry within the premise of the six pillars of the NDP.
At the launch of the NDP Youth Brand Ambassador Programme, the DPME will announce the selected ambassadors who have led by example and played their part in making the NDP alive by contributing in boosting economic growth, increase employment and reduce poverty.
Furthermore a pronouncement will be made on how business organisations and government entities will be investing in the local innovators and entrepreneurs that will ultimate create millions of jobs that are required to grow an inclusive economy.
Source: Government of South Africa