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PRETORIA, South African Deputy Energy Minister Thembisile Majola has urged the country's students to take up careers in the energy sector, which is crucial to economic development and requires dynamic young people who can actively participate in enhancing innovation, technology and science.

Speaking at the Learners Focus Week opening ceremony in Kimberly near here on Monday, she said the programme provided students from disadvantaged communities with knowledge on the energy sector value chain, which provided many opportunities for young people with technical skills.

"This demand for technical skills is a global demand. Critical skills development in South Africa must be the business of all stakeholders, not the government alone, said Majola, who added that the issue of skills shortage posed a serious threat to the country's long-term economic growth potential.

With the growing energy infrastructure, skilled labour would be required to drive the implementation of projects in the sector and to develop the local value chain, she said.

This is crucial if we are to tackle unemployment systematically. I take this opportunity to encourage all learners to consider career paths in the energy sector so that we can speed up the pace of transformation. The sector requires skills such as artisans, electricians, technicians, nuclear technologist, environmentalists, researchers and scientists throughout the value chain, Majola said.


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