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the dti, NYDA, SANACO and the Eastern Cape Province to join the World in Celebrating International Co-Operatives Day


The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with the Eastern Cape Provincial Government, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the South African National Apex Co-operative (SANACO) will celebrate the International Day of Co-operatives at the Jan Smuts Stadium in East London, on Saturday, 2 July 2011. The theme for the 2011 celebrations is “Youth the future of Co-operative Enterprises”.

The aim of celebrating the International Co-operatives Day is to increase awareness for co-operative development and to strengthen and extend partnerships amongst international, national, provincial and local stakeholders. These partnerships will assist in fostering and promoting co-operative development as a tool towards the solution of economic, social and environmental problems.

The Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies says the 2011 theme is specifically relevant for South Africa because unemployment is a major challenge and young people are the largest unemployed population group.

“Co-operatives can draw young people to the mainstream economy stimulating entrepreneurship and economic growth. The co-operative strategy is potentially one of our key economic interventions to address unemployment and poverty,” says Davies.

There will be exhibitions where co-operatives and the partners who are hosting the event will exhibit and offer on-site services.  the dti will be bringing along the Council of Trade and Industry Institutions (COTII) such as the Small Enterprise Development Agency, who will advise entrepreneurs attending the celebrations on how to start, grow and sustain their businesses, during interactive information-sharing sessions hosted by and strategic partners at their exhibition stands

NYDA CEO, Steven Ngubeni says: “the NYDA will use the celebrations to further educate young people about the co-operative model which is increasingly being recognised around the world as a form of business that can play a significant role in alleviating unemployment and poverty, particularly in rural and semi-urban areas.”

For more information please contact the following:

Charles Mnisi
the dti
Tel: (012) 394 1721/ 072 523 4886  

Refilwe Mphane
National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)
Tel: 011 651 7175/ 084 308 5860

Sixolile Makaula
Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs (DEDEA)
Cell: 072 751 5001