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Government has commissioned the Join Africa Business Network (JABN), a small to medium entrepreneurs’ initiative that will create jobs for youths.

It is a breath of fresh air for the Redcliff community following the opening of the Network which gives hope to the mining community which has been struggling to witness meaningful development since the closure of ZISCO Steel back in 2016.

Redcliff Mayor Councillor Clayton Masiyatsva welcomed the development saying it was a game changer for many unemployed youths in the area.

This is one of the most welcome development in many years. I can see that the project has translated to the employment of many youths that have been finding the going tough. This project will also result in the cutting of distance for locals who would ordinarily travel to Kwekwe for such services. The vision for the town to be a city by 2030 is achievable through such developments,he said.

JABN Director Mr Madron Matiza explained the organisation’s journey citing that hard work coupled with the willingness to fulfil the President’s vision had fuelled their efforts.

We started small as we used to sell on flea markets. We are going to another level.It was through a lot of hard work. What is of interest is that even as we were refurbishing this project we would engage young people from Kwekwe Polytechnic and some locals. Nothing you see here was imported. The idea is to follow the President’s vision,he explained.

Government through the Minister of Women Affairs, Community Small to Medium Enterprises Development Dr Sithembiso Nyoni outlined its approach ,citing the importance youth empowerment.

We are blessed in Zimbabwe because we have a government which plans from top to bottom and bottom up. Our government cares for you. It appreciates your efforts. Youth empowerment is critical as it takes away dependence from adults. As a ministry we offer market access to such initiatives and offer a number of loans. We also have line clustering so you help each other in exchange of ideas and marketing. Those with focused minds never go wrong in the second republic. Well done.

Official figures indicate that the small to medium enterprises cluster caters for about 57 percent of the country’s employment while contributing around 60 percent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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