Business Day had a headline last week “Jobs crisis could spark a revolution”. Together we can spark a revolution in the way we develop the youth and grow the economy.

Gerard De Fine is well known in our industry and has a great operation going in creating jobs, providing experience, and avoiding what could “spark a revolution.”

“We share a vision to address the unemployment and climate crises in an innovative and sustainable way that makes a meaningful difference for the future of youth in South Africa. Our broader vision is to establish self-sustaining micro-economies in underserved communities, which can be replicated nationwide by leveraging development opportunities into skills development.

Our approach recognises the need for collaboration across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to make a scalable and lasting impact.

What sets our programme apart is our focus on providing youth with practical experience across a variety of industries before they decide on their career paths.

By doing this we aim to break the “no experience = no job = no experience” cycle. Our approach may differ from traditional programmes, but we believe we are onto something significant.

I am writing to present the Youth Development Programme for Economic Transformation, a comprehensive approach aimed at addressing youth unemployment, driving economic growth, and fostering sustainability in South Africa. It is with great enthusiasm and a sense of urgency that we bring this proposal to your attention, as we firmly believe it has the potential to empower the youth, create employment opportunities, and shape a brighter future for our nation.

The cornerstone of our programme lies in forging strong partnerships between businesses, the government, educational institutions, and the broader community. By leveraging the collective resources and expertise of these stakeholders, we can effectively tackle the pressing issue of youth unemployment and contribute to the economic and social development of South Africa.

Key elements of the Youth Development Programme for Economic Transformation include:

Business engagement: We seek active participation from businesses across various sectors to invest in the repurposing of abandoned or corporate-owned buildings into mixed-use spaces. These spaces will encompass retail, hospitality, accommodation, and leisure facilities, contributing to urban revitalisation and economic development.

Government collaboration: We propose close collaboration with government entities at various levels to provide necessary policy support, facilitate regulatory processes, and leverage existing programmes and resources. By aligning our efforts, we can ensure the success and sustainability of the programme.

Integration with education: Recognising the vital role of education in equipping the youth with the skills needed for employment, we advocate for the integration of vocational training and entrepreneurial education into the programme. This approach will empower young people with practical skills and knowledge, enhancing their employability and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship.

Promotion of sustainable practices: Our programme places a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability. By incorporating eco-friendly design principles, renewable energy sources, and waste reduction strategies in the repurposing of buildings, we can create environmentally conscious spaces that align with South Africa’s sustainable development goals.

We firmly believe that by implementing this programme and securing the commitment of all stakeholders, we can transform the lives of young people, unlock their potential, and contribute significantly to the economic and social development of South Africa.

We kindly request your support and endorsement of the Youth Development Programme for Economic Transformation.

We are confident that together, we can pave the way for a prosperous future for South Africa and its youth.

We eagerly look forward to the opportunity to discuss this programme with you further and explore possibilities for its implementation.

You are invited


We would like to invite you to a virtual presentation via Zoom of our flagship project at Skills Village on 19 July 2023 at 11:00. The presentation will be 10 minutes long, followed by a 15- minute Q&A.

Copy of invite to follow under separate cover, just call 079 899 4321 to confirm booking or email above.

Warm regards,