A strategic partnership signed between Mnquma Local Municipality and five renowned Eastern Cape tertiary institutions has raised the hopes of eradicating youth unemployment, addressing the skills shortage and enhance job creation.

This was evident during the ceremonial launch of the strategic partnership agreement between the Mnquma municipality and the University of Fort Hare (UFH), Nelson Mandela University of Technology, Walter Sisulu University of Technology, Fort Cox College of Agriculture, King Hintsa Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) College.

Already, the partnerships have seen over 120 young people from the towns of Ngqamakhwe, Centane and Butterworth benefit from agricultural studies which include poultry farming, livestock and crop production and business management.

Traditional leaders, university professors, heads of departments, lecturers, Masters and PhD students, Mnquma Local Municipality senior management and community members witnessed the

ceremonial launch which was held at Msobomvu Community Hall on June 21, 2016

These partnerships would help the municipality to speedily realise its dream of revitalising the local economy as envisaged in the action plan of the Mnquma Investment Summit and the Transport Indaba held earlier this year.

The beneficiaries have created jobs and transferred skills through SMME’s that they started after being trained.