A game-changing initiative is underway in Gauteng, aiming to provide 40,000 free learner’s licences to disadvantaged youth as part of the “Wrong Side of the Road” campaign.
This collaborative effort involves the Gauteng Provincial Government, Diageo South Africa, the Department of Roads and Transport, and the Department of Economic Development.
The campaign focuses on easing administrative fees for learners’ licences, aligning with the goal of reducing youth unemployment and fostering responsible alcohol use.
To qualify, participants must be aged between 17 and 34, residing in townships, informal settlements, and hostels in Gauteng.
Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi emphasizes that obtaining a learner’s licence is the first step towards enhanced employability and responsible driving habits.
With a youth unemployment rate of 46.5% in the first quarter of 2023, according to Statistics South Africa, and alcohol misuse contributing to road accidents, this initiative addresses pressing issues.
Initially targeting 40,000 youths, the response exceeded expectations, with over 130,000 submissions.
The recruitment phase has concluded, and successful participants will receive further instructions via SMS and WhatsApp.
This includes watching a video and completing a quiz related to alcohol effects and the stigma of drunk driving. To be eligible for a free learner’s licence booking, participants must achieve an 80% pass rate using the K53 app.
Entries will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and only those on the current recruitment list can proceed.
As a supportive gesture for Project Last-Mile, 10,000 of the 40,000 learner’s licence opportunities will be reserved for motorbike licences. The initiative strives not only to provide educational opportunities but also to contribute to safer roads and responsible driving practices among the youth.