Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Deputy Minister Tino Machakaire says youths must register through his ministry to access start-up and relief funds which are currently being distributed around the country.
Speaking at a Plumtree Youth Dialogue, the deputy minister said the relief fund was an on-going exercise meant to address problems faced by the youths.
“We want to make sure that no one is left behind. …Some of them are going to access the funds immediately especially those who are already registered. The main surprise was that because of the poor connectivity, some of the youths were complaining that they didn’t hear about the Youth Fund. Fortunately, we addressed them and explained the procedures and processes of how to benefit from the fund,” he said.
He said the Youth dialogue helped his department to understand the plight of the youths.
Convened by Bulilima East MP, Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu who is also Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, which was also attended by several party members Zanu PF Acting Secretary for Youth Affairs, Tendai Chirau.
Chirau said the meeting was an eye opener and praised Minister Ndlovu for coming up with the idea.
Minister Ndlovu urged youth to identify opportunities that came with the Coronavirus pandemic and open up relevant enterprises.
Unpacking the Youth Fund stimulus package unveiled by Government, Minister Ndlovu urged youths around the country to scout for opportunities.
“We are importing not less than US$4.5 billion worth of goods including amazambani (Groundnuts), we’re importing groundnuts to do peanut butter, we’re importing potatoes, we’re importing baked beans and onions. I saw a 30-truck with onions at the border so I’m saying let us take this opportunity to identify what we can do. I am not just looking at Plumtree only but the country too.”
Minister Ndlovu, deputy Minister Machakaire and their colleagues from the party also toured Climate Adaptation for Rural Livelihoods (CARL) Project which is being funded by Swedish International Development Agency and a joint undertaking of Oxfam Zimbabwe, Zimbabwean organization SAFIRE, the University of Zimbabwe and Swedish Meteorological Hydrological Institute (SMHI).