Nov 2007


Many unemployed young people will benefit from an agreement signed by South Africa and Cuba. The agreement will help unemployed youth to be trained as social workers. The agreement, signed by the South African Ministry of Social Development and the Cuban Ministry of Labour and Social Security, is part of government’s plan to fight poverty, and improve social services, especially to the poor. By training social services professionals, it will also help to develop skills and create jobs.

Poor communities

In line with the agreement, special focus will be placed on improving services to women, youth and children in poor communities as this is where there is the greatest need. Development programmes will also be started in these communities


To put the agreement into practice, South Africa’s Department of Social Development will work with the Cuban Ministry using a work training plan with two stages. The plan, which was developed in Cuba, is made up of a formal university-level programme and a 12-months practical social work training programme.

Training will cover areas like services to needy and helpless groups including children, the elderly, the youth, women and people with disabilities, poverty relief, community development and training of social services professionals in various fields.


The department will start a national recruitment programme focusing on getting youth from rural and poor communities who are interested in helping to relieve the suffering of other people, to train as support social workers. After completing their training, they will be placed back in their communities to help the department deal with the backlog of cases there. These include support for orphans and other needy children, youth, and the elderly and people and families affected by HIV and Aids.

Technical knowledge

The agreement with Cuba will also include study tours and exchanges of technical knowledge on developing social services policies.

Contact details :

Call the Department of Social Development on 012 - 312 7653

– BuaNews

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