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DOC, UJ address ICT skills challenge
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 09:08
Written by Charity Mohajane
South Africa, as an emerging economy, lacks 37 565 ICT workers, ranging from network technicians to human resource workers.
This was revealed at an ICT youth workshop, hosted by the Department of Communications (DOC) in partnership with the University of Johannesburg (UJ), at the latter’s Soweto campus.
The workshop was organised to educate the youth on the importance of ICT and how it can address skills shortages and unemployment in the country.
The government noted that there is a strong demand for ICT skills, especially among the youth. During the workshop, youths were taught the role ICT plays in reducing poverty and unemployment. They were also shown how they can take advantage of opportunities introduced by social media in terms of branding their own products and businesses.
Dr Thami Mazwai, director of UJ’s Centre for Small Business Development (CSBD), addressed the youth on the importance of starting their own businesses and not relying on government for job creation. He said government creates a sphere for economic development that individuals can also tap into in terms of starting their own businesses, thereby helping government fight the high level of unemployment.
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