Wanted: young people to help tackle Durban port problems

27 June 2018 | Web Article Number: ME201810632

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Wanted: young people to help tackle Durban port problems

IN a bid to provide solutions to challenges that hinder efficiency in the Port of Durban and ensure meaningful participation of youth in the maritime sector, Innovate Durban is inviting young people to participate in the 2018 Youth Innovation Challenge.

The initiative is a partnership between the Innovate Durban, eThekwini Municipality, Aurecon South Africa, Oracle, eThekwini Maritime Cluster, Transnet, Durban University of Technology, Technology Innovation Agency and Adams & Adams. It aims to give young people skills that will enable them to provide solutions facing the maritime sector.

“This year’s Maritime Youth Innovation Challenge will allow young people of eThekwini to present practical ground-breaking solutions to existing problems facing the port, using design thinking methodology and technology,” the municipality said in a statement.

Applications for people between the ages of 18 to 35 who want to participate in the challenge are now open and will close on 6 July.

Innovate Durban’s Programme Manager Nkululeko Mthembu said this year’s programme would look at developing the maritime industry across the themes of infrastructure, transport, logistics, environment and capacity.

“Once we have received applications we will invite applicants to attend workshops to interact with them before the shortlisting process. This year we are targeting 100 youth and we maintain a small number because we aim to provide quality support and we aim for the participant to see value in the programme. Also using smaller groups helps to track progress of participants,” said Mthembu.

Innovate Durban Chief Executive Officer Aurelia Albert said since the inception of the initiative, progress of participants had been tracked to ensure success and sustainability.

“We are creating a platform for young people to create viable products, employment opportunities and also networking with business and academics. We also give youth an opportunity to contribute to the growth of the city by aligning developments to the needs of society,” she said.

Innovate Durban is a non-profit set up by the eThekwini Municipality in 2013 to stimulate innovation. Its focus is creating platforms that will build and develop the innovation ecosystem in Durban.

For more information and to register for the 2018 Maritime Youth Innovation Challenge, visit www.innovate.durban

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