The Second Annual Green Youth Indaba 2015  to highlight the importance of Locallisation,Youth Employment and Skills Development within the Green Economy

The 2nd annual Green Youth Indaba takes place on 30 September at the Tshwane University of Technology. Hosted by the Energy and Water SETA, Fibre Processing & Manufacturing SETA and Tosaca Media Group, with the support of a number of government departments and industry stakeholders, this high-impact one-day Indaba will examine the role of government, private sector, and young people in the skilling and development of the youth to increase economic growth through the green economy.

Accordingly, the event aims to ‘Promote localisation, youth employment and skills development in the green economy’ in alignment with Commitment 11 of the Green Accord.

“Our intention is to go beyond exploring opportunities for youth within the green economy; but to effectively exploring and unpacking our theme, while also presenting an opportunity for stakeholders from all spheres of industry to investigate partnerships, potential participation or mutually-beneficial support in the development of our youth and our environment, as well as explore ground-breaking green initiatives and concepts emerging across the country driven by young people”, says Sanele Zulu Managing Director Tosaca Media Group

Following on the success of the inaugural 2014 Indaba, attending stakeholders whether from government, social organisations, private business or representative agencies, have pegged the 2015 Indaba as an opportunity to learn from political heads, who will take to the stage to deliver keynote addresses, and green experts, who will present progress of the green economy, government efforts, plans and skills and job opportunities available for youth today.

From adding long-term value to the environment right down to the effect it has employment and on the bottom line, being ‘green’ has become more important than ever before.

Nationwide, the youth of South Africa are realizing the importance of caring for their health, well-being and sustainability of the environment; and it is estimated that 80% of new employees in the manufacturing and installation of solar-water heating systems, and in public and community works programmes directed at environmental challenges in the coming years, will be young people.

“As the largest contributing factor, the education and skilling of our youth will play a major role in the success of our economic growth and development path. The Green Youth Indaba will highlight the great importance of intensifying the efforts of capacitating our youth, who represent our future, to obtain the necessary skills in order to be meaningful players in the future of this industry, our country and our environment,” says Sanele Zulu , Managing Director of Tosaca Media Group

With the support of government working together with business, labour and the broader civil society, these targets are not unachievable. Government has already committed, through the Department of Higher Education & Training, to expand training programmes linked to the skills needs of the green economy and to ensure that the new programmes take into account the requirements for the green economy. Where appropriate, retraining and refresher courses will also be made available.

“We, at The Green Youth indaba, believe that economic growth and the well-being of society, and specifically our youth, are inextricably tied to the health of the environment and the platform to empower youth to come up with ideas and innovative solutions to start their own businesses. Accordingly, we have drafted an enlightening and thought-provoking programme of seasoned speakers to address delegates at the Indaba, says Sanele Zulu

Key pillars of discussion at this year’s Indaba include: 

  • Youth Employment: Opportunities and challenges posed by a transition to green economy in SA;
  • Climate Change & the Environment;
  • Youth agriculture and food security;
  • Waste management and Recycling;
  • Skills Development: Necessary aid and skills needed to tap into the green economy;
  • Water conservation and wetlands management;
  • Localization: Opportunities and challenges posed by localization; and,
  • Youth careers and skills in Water and Energy.

Also forming part of this year’s activities is the Green Innovators Pitch 2.0. In partnership with the Energy and Water SETA, IDC and SEDA who have invited budding and established ‘Eco-preneurs’ to pitch their business ideas to potential investors and test market their elevator pitches to green experts and mentors at the Green Youth Indaba 2015 and stand a chance of winning R25 000 cash in prize to boost their business. The Pitch’s main aim is to not only inspire SA Youth in promoting entrepreneurship in green business technology but also to give them exposure and access to green funders that will boost their competitiveness and help them contribute significantly to the economic growth.

The conference is expected to bring together over 300 exceptional young people who are changing the face of the environment and environmental industries in South Africa. These youth and industry experts will come from all across the country to Tshwane to discuss the most pressing environmental issues and the opportunities for youth within government, private sector and cities in South Africa.

From government officials to the privates sector, from green entrepreneurs to activists, agriculture students, young emerging farmers and aspiring young farmers, to NPOs, youth in public policies or in high school, and anyone wishing to learn more about the environment, the second annual Green Youth Indaba will stand as a beacon of mass support for the future of environmental awareness, consciousness and attentiveness in South Africa.

For further information or for booking information, please visit www.greenyouthindaba.co.za, call Thato Motlhabani on 074 838 5234 or Calvin Makhubela on 072 070 8467 or email calvin@tosaca.co.za.

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