Deputy Minister Sotyu to officiate the graduation ceremony for Gauteng Youth Environmental Service (YES) in Pretoria

11 December 2019


The Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Makhotso Sotyu will deliver a keynote address at the graduation ceremony of the Gauteng Youth Environmental Service (YES) participant’s project implemented by the Delta Environmental Center through the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, Gauteng.

The YES project is an initiative started in January 2019 as part of the youth programmes aimed at involving unemployed youth in activities and interventions that provide environmental services that will play a role in benefiting their communities, while they are being provided with opportunities for personal development, accredited training and exit opportunities. The project was planned and implemented using labour intensive methods as per the requirements of Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

The youth took part in different community services such as environmental survey, sorting waste at the source, door to door educational campaign, tree planting, school cleaning, environmental education in schools’ community murals (such as painting and environmental messages on the walls) and celebration of Arbour Month, World Environmental Day, Mandela Day and clearing of illegal dumping sites.

Out of 136 youth recruited in 2019/20 financial year, one hundred and twenty (120) participants will be graduating in skills programme with one hundred and forty seven (147) credits and each will be awarded with a certificate of competence.

The Deputy Minister will hand over the certificates and deliver a key note address during the event.

Media are invited to attend:  Details are as follows:   

Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019
Time: 10:30 for 11:00
Venue: University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria

To RSVP contact: 

Banele Mabena
Tel: 012 399 9989
Cell: 073 297 9409


Ernest Mulibana
Cell: 082 263 7372

For media inquiries contact:
Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871