Katekani Community Project is a NPO (not-for-profit organization) working in two Provinces of Gauteng and North West in the following areas: City of Tshwane Winterveld, Mabopane, Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa and Pretoria North. Bojanala District Moretele Municipality – Moeka, Motla, Swartdamand, Makaunyana. Madibeng Municipality – Klipgat, Moiletswane, Erasmus, Hebron, Madidi and Kgabalatsane.
It was established by concerned community activists, after the realization of the high unemployment rate and out-of-school youth roaming the streets. Based on the research conducted involving all the community members, the organization was established and registered with the Not-for-profit directorate of the National Department of Social Development in 2013. With the support of the community leaders and activists, Katekani managed to secure a facility in Winterveld for its daily operations, which is recruiting unemployed graduates to volunteer and gain experience in the workplace.
A variety of programs were implemented after a thorough consultation with stakeholders from different government departments, youth clubs, civil society organization peer review, and input in order to shape the organizational strategic plan for the next five years. This aims to empower and instill participation of children and youth in programs designed to create self-sustaining communities while avoiding social ill such as crime, drug and substance abuse, gender-based and community violence. Katekani Community Project aims to create a self-sustaining and problem-solving community rather than a problem-creating community.
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- Our Research Findings
- • There is mushrooming of youth-headed households.
- • High prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse by the youth in and out of school.
- • Most of the youth from the age of 18-35 years are out of school.
- • Lack of information about higher learning institutions and further education, training for undergraduates.
- • Lack of community support (parents and community business) on youth initiatives.
- • Majority of the youth and the poor continue to have unequal education and employment opportunities.
- • Youth that is interested in business lack information on how to start their businesses (social entrepreneurship and business support).
- • Youth with criminal records cannot access opportunities.
- • There are inadequate resource centers for youth e.g. Sports, Arts and culture, Libraries, and skills development.