Gold award for youth project

The Department of Social Development awarded the Salesian Institute a gold award held by Mbuyi Jongqo, YES project manager.

The provincial Department of Social Development honoured the Salesian Institute Youth Projects’ Youth Employment Skills (YES) Programme with a gold award at the annual Ministerial Youth Excellence Awards evening last Tuesday, November 28.

This prestigious award recognises outstanding organisations and individuals who have contributed towards youth excellence and best practice in their fields.

It is for exceptional projects that solve public problems for youth development initiatives.

Mbuyi Jongqo, the YES project manager, said their programme fitted the category of Opening Economic Opportunities and Facilitating Entrepreneurship 100%.

“At YES, we provide vocational skills training such as sewing, computer literacy and office management, computer repairs and mobile app development, bricklaying and food preparation courses. We also offer job search and placement services facilitated by strategic partnerships we have in Cape Town,” he said.

The Salesian Institute, which is based in Green Point, focuses on education with vulnerable children.

The Salesian Institute Youth Projects (SIYP), has been providing education, shelter and emotional support for at-risk young people. Hilton Nyirenda, CEO of SIYP, added: “Our commitment to enriching the lives of South Africa’s youth at risk, is long-standing and long-term. We believe that every youth deserves a second chance and we commit to enable that.

“This award is received with pride and commitment to continue the amazing work SIYP is doing in Cape Town with the support of our donors.”

To learn more about SIYP and its services, you can visit