Nov 2006



Youth Information Service
One of the most important programmes of the National Youth Commission is the Youth Information Service. Through this programme, the Youth Commission gives information to South Africa's youth on different issues that can improve their development. This includes information on careers and bursaries, safety and the law, democracy, health, how to get an ID, finding a job and starting your own business. The Youth Information Service was started in Port Elizabeth on 15 June 1998. The Information Service has four different tools through which young people can get information.

They are:

  • the Youth Information Guide;
  • the toll-free Youthline: 0800 000 001;
  • the website:; and
  • the short message service (SMS): 34555

The Youthline has become so popular that the Youth Commission is upgrading it to handle more calls. They will also give some of the youth counsellors further training to ensure that they can continue to give quality service to callers.

Youth Information Guide
The Youth Information Guide is one of the Youth Information Service's most successful projects.

For more information, or to get your FREE copy of the Youth Information Guide, call the Youtline on 0800 000 001, or write to the Call Manager, National Youth Commission, Private Bag X938, Pretoria 0001

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