newsHeraldLIVE reports that a government programme aimed at empowering unemployed youth by providing them with driver’s licences has come to a halt.  

Some R8m was forked out, but produced only 125 drivers out of 2,290 participants.  The initiative by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), which was initiated in the 2018/19 financial year, was established to train young people to obtain codes 10 or 14 licences to increase their chances of employability as drivers in the transport and logistics sectors.  However, the project abruptly came to a halt when the DEA cancelled contracts in June last year with two service providers it had appointed to undertake the pilot programme.  DEA spokesperson Albi Modise said:  “The two companies who won the national tender failed to deliver, and their contracts were terminated.”  He added that the department was in the process of procuring new service providers to complete the project.  Of those who took the exam, 125 (86.2%) actually passed, representing 5.5% of the total intake of 2,290 participants.  Now those in possession of learner’s licences are in a panic that their papers will expire before they ever take driving lessons and the test.  The DEA attributed delays in the resumption of the project to “administrative issues” in terminating one set of contracts and running compliant procurement processes to source others.

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