This week the Lesedi Skills Academy (LSA) located in the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will be visited by the Western Cape Social Development MEC, Albert Fritz, Economic Development MEC, Beverly Schäfer and councillor Cynthia Clayton.
The visit is fuelled by concerns raised by the Development Minister, Ebrahim Patel after visiting the area earlier in the week, where is saw residents living in rundown buildings.
“I am very concerned at the lack of sufficient attention to development, if we don’t get local skills, it means the SEZ can’t take off or we need to import skills from outside which would lead to resentment from local communities,” said Patel.
According to IOL News, the Lesedi Skills Academy provides skills development and training, which allows young people to enter the formal job market. The academy supports industrialisation of Atlantis which was declared a SEZ in 2018.
“For the enormous millions of rand of tax benefits that the SEZ will bring we need an educated workforce, it needs people living in decent conditions and we won’t realise the promise of jobs if the problems of Atlantis are not solved,” added Patel.
The publication further adds that the Academy has trained over 100 learners from the Atlantis area, which 92 percent of them 35 years and younger.