Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga.

The recruitment of unemployed young graduates into the public service space will take centre stage when Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga visits Northern KwaZulu-Natal on Monday, March 2.

The youth engagement which is part of the Ministerial programme aimed at absorbing unemployed, experienced and skilled young graduates to join the public service is scheduled to take place at Phelindaba Community Hall in Umhlabuyalingana, which is bordering with Mozambique.

Deputy Minister Chikunga kicked-off her nation-wide youth engagement dialogue last week at the rural village of eNtembisweni outside Greytown.

Ms Chikunga will use the platform to share with the unemployed youth about government’s plan to tackle youth unemployment in the country, skills development and professionalising the public service space.

According to the National Development Plan (NDP), by 2030, the country’s public service should have been professionalised and positioned to be a career of choice to young South African graduates.

The NDP is a step in the process of charting a new path for the country with the broad goal of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030.

Umhlabuyalingana local municipality is situated along the border with Mozambique to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, Jozini Municipality to the west and the Big Five False Bay Municipality to the south.

The municipality is generally rural, with the population being spread among the 18 municipal wards and four traditional council areas (Tembe, Mashabane, Mabaso and Zikhali).