National Rural Youth Service Corps programme
The National Rural Youth Service Corps (Narysec) is a youth skills development
and employment programme.
The objectives of Narysec are to:
- train youth through specifically developed programmes
linked to community needs in rural
- develop youth with multidisciplinary skills
through civic education
- capacitate youth in retaining knowledge and
technical skills acquired during training
- increase the number of rural communities
receiving support in their self-development
through the CRDP.
Narysec participants are contracted for 24 months
following their recruitment from rural communities.
Recruitment is done through advertisements
and selection by community structures.
The first part of the two-year programme is a
foundational phase, which consists of an orientation programme followed by training in conducting
household profiling. Next, household profiling is
done in rural areas in conjunction with the Department
of Social Development. The youths thereafter
undergo a seven-week non-military training
programme in the South African National Defence
The programme has been specifically designed
as part of the National Youth Service and focuses
on aspects of discipline, patriotism and service
delivery in rural communities.
The foundational phase is followed by a skillsdevelopment
phase. The skills-development
programmes presented to Narysec participantsare related to the activities of the CRDP, which are identified by conducting household profiling.
The skills-development programmes therefore vary according to the needs of the various rural communities.
Construction in rural areas has been identified as an immediate focus area of skills development.
The skills-development phase will be followed
by the community-service phase, where the
youth will apply their newly acquired skills in rural
communities under the leadership/mentorship of
the responsible department.
The final phase or exit strategy of the Narysec
will be linked to the maintenance and operations
activities of local and district municipalities. The
strategic outcomes of the programme in the long
term are expected to be:
- a decline in the level of youth unemployment in
- an increase in literacy and skills
- an increase in disposable income of youth in
rural areas as a result of employment and
- decreased dependence on transfers from family
members working in urban areas.
In its initial phase, it enlisted 7 958 young people
between 18 and 35 years of age, with a minimum
educational standard of Grade 10. They
were drawn from rural wards across the country,
including farms, small rural towns and some periurban
These young people, 50% of whom are women
and at least every fourth one a person with some
form of disability, have been enlisted on a continuous
Of these, 600 have gone through 10 days of
training in self-orientation and life skills through
Further Education and Training colleges and 500
have gone through two-months of non-military
training, mainly character development, personal
discipline and patriotism. Each one receives a
stipend of R60 a day, which will be increased as
they receive high-level skills training.
More information and application forms: Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR)
Source: SA Yearbook 2011/12
Editor: Louise van Niekert. Government Communication and Information
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