Youth Cafe relaunched

Eddie Andrews, mayoral committee member for area south, Alan van der Meulen, a member of the Youth Cafe; and Elton Jansen, Sub-council 23 chairperson. Ricardo Mckenzie, a Member of Parliament; MEC for Social Development, Albert Fritz; R-Labs and Youth Cafe manager Craig Japhta; and JP Smith, Mayoral committee member for safety and security; and social services.

The new and improved Mitchell’s Plain Youth Cafe was launched at the Town Centre on Wednesday June 21.

The youth cafe, a project of the provincial Department of Social Development, has been relocated from Rocklands and renamed Mitchell’s Plain Youth Cafe.

MEC for Social Development, Albert Fritz said the new location was more central and accessible for young people from all over Mitchell’s Plain and the surrounding areas.

The Youth Cafe is a partnership between the department and Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs), a registered social enterprise that provides innovative solutions to address complex problems.

At the event were JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security; and social services and Eddie Andrews; mayoral committee member for area south; and Sub-council 23 chairperson Elton Jansen.

Mr Fritz said the youth cafes were tailored to offer opportunities for young people broadly referred to as NEETs who are who not in employment, education or training.

‘’There are currently six youth cafes, and by the end of the year that number would have risen to 10 youth cafes that are either fully operational or in the final stages of planning,’’ he said.

The facility will offer free courses in digital training, work ethics, business entrepreneurship, life skills, creative design, youth data, event management, leadership and project management. Log on to the mobi-site on www.westerncape.gov.za/youth-cafe for more information.