South African Youth Economic Council eyes renewable energy sector

The SA Youth Economic Council will be hosting its energy summit gala dinner on Thursday. SAYEC Chairperson Bonga Makhanya spoke with eNCA's Rofhiwa Madzena. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Youth Economic Council is set to host its energy summit gala dinner on Wednesday.

The summit will focus on the country's energy crisis and implications of the energy transition.

This comes after the plan to move to a more sustainable energy supply was reaffirmed at the COP26 summit in Glasgow last year.

The council's chairperson Bonga Makhanya says youth employment in the energy sector will top the agenda.

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He said: "If you go toward renewable energy there will subsequently be job losses. How will those job losses be offset in the renewable sector?

"What do those jobs look like and how many of them are they going to create?

"So those are the type of solutions we are looking for, from not only the minister but the business sector as well, to tell us exactly what is the plan with regards to this on a economic level and how many of those jobs and how many of those businesses that will be started or funded are going to employ young people?

"One of the things we will be calling for is a 40 percent youth quarter in the labour force and the energy sector as well as a 40 percent executive quarter in the executive level for management of these energy companies.

"We are saying once we see young people occupying strategic positions of leadership as well also finding themselves in employment because so far they have been in the outskirts."


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