The inaugural Ohlange Youth Career Expo (OYCE) will take place on Saturday, 8th February 2020 with the aim of exposing learners, especially those in Grade 11 and 12, to golden opportunities that are at the disposal of previously disadvantaged communities, to bring them into the mainstream of South Africa’s economy.

The expo takes place at the Ohlange Institute at the Ohlange High School in Inanda, Durban. This the same venue that former president Nelson Mandela voted in South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994, as this school was founded by the first president of the African National Congress (ANC), Dr John Langalibalele Dube.

The expo, which is funded by the J.L Dube Institute will, feature two sessions on the day where presentations will be conducted by the respective stakeholders on issues that are of interest to the youth in attendance. The exhibitions will be open and accessible to all participants throughout the day on Saturday. 

This expo serves as an opportunity for those in attendance to meet past honorary students including the likes of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who is currently serving as an Executive Director of UN Women with the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Mlambo-Ngcuka is also a former Ohlange High School teacher and student.

 

The expo is aimed at youth who attend Grade 11 and 12 in secondary schools in the Inanda, Ntuzuma and Kwa Mashu areas, as well as the unemployed youth that have already matriculated and those that have completed tertiary education. 

The youth will be exposed to a variety of career opportunities that exist within the sectors that exhibit at the expo. In addition, attendees will receive information on the combinations of subjects that they will need to master in order to become eligible for employment within their chosen career paths. 

“We are thrilled to host the inaugural Ohlange Youth Career Expo,” says Langa Dube, Project Manager. “This expo serves as the ideal platform for youth to interact with employers and other innovators, to arm them with all the information that they need to make suitable career choices,” adds Dube.