Provincial Treasury launched intranet on Thursday for the department of finance as part of bringing change within the departments and promoting work life balance by handing over sports attires for departmental sport teams as well as giving an NGO a cheque.
Expression Culture Academy received a cheque worth R40 000 from the department as part of their Corporate Social Investment. Vuyo Mayeza of the academy was pleased with the cheque as they have great plans for the academy and the money will serve as a catalyst for the academy.
The academy operates from a 3room shack which accommodates a community library and art works that he and the youth of Magareng have done. With the R40 000 they intend to get computers for the library and add on to the books as part of their ‘Fathers for Books’ campaign.
“We want to be a socio-economic changer in our community, bearing in mind that our center is in an informal settlement and is the only arts center within the Magareng Municipality”.
They are also trying to shorten the distance children walk to get to a library.
“We are creative colonizers and we want to encourage creative processes and see that young people are inspired everyday”.
Expression Culture Academy has list of projects that they wish to implement. A garden project is one of them where they feed the needy and educate children who visit the center about environmental issues. The academy hopes to extend the shack with an extra room to have more space as it hosts a number of workshops for the development of the community. They plan to create a sense of entrepreneurship for young people and the women within the Magareng Municipality.
Vuyo Mayeza sees the cheque as a catalyst for what they envision the academy to be.
Expression Culture Academy has been running for 14 years but only started operating as an arts center through
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) recently.
MEC Lekwene handed over sport attires and wished the job shadowing learners well as they return back to school.
“The various programs are there to inspire confidence within young people,” he commented.
The Department of Treasury seeks to bring change within the youth and most importantly to launch the intranet, a system which enhances their ICT in the department on a whole range of programs.
“What’s important is to convene young people from various quarters in the province and expose them to different industries through job shadowing and mentorship, making education fashionable and to also prepare ourselves as the province for the fourth industrial revolution,” concluded Lekwene.