The South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA) and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) held a very successful send-off in April 2019 for 50 youth participants who have embarked on the National Rural Youth Service Corps (NARYSEC), a youth skills development and employment programme. 

NARYSEC is the youth flagship programme of the DRDLR. The programme develops the skills of targeted NARYSEC participants through various skills development initiatives in partnership with other public and private sector institutions in line with the rural economy transformation strategy.

Speaking at a media briefing at KwaShukela, Mount Edgecombe, Chief Director of the DRDLR, Nhlanhla Mndaweni said, “This programme will assist a lot of impoverished youth to also take part in building the country’s economy and help the agricultural sector in recruiting the youth in a sector that is predominately owned by the older generation.”  Mndaweni also applauded the initiative taken by SAFDA in helping these young citizens to achieve their dreams through the training that SAFDA will provide after completion of the 24-month programme. 

Dr Siyabonga Madlala, Executive Chairperson of SAFDA, could not contain his happiness over this project as it is SAFDA’s first project of this kind. “This is one thing to be proud of which is really meant to be celebrated by everyone,” he said.