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From sizzle to fizzle: state’s Braai Cafe youth project goes up ...


From sizzle to fizzle: state’s Braai Cafe youth project goes up in flames

Youth cooperative pilot project, funded by the DSBD and NYDA, falls flat after bickering and ‘lack of support’

Senior reporter

A shisanyama-styled micro youth franchise pilot project, funded by the department of small business development and administered by the National Youth Development Agency, has bombed.

The Braai Cafe was conceptualised as 15 restaurants across the Western Cape, to be run by 75 young people with a total budget of R8.4m.

It was to be implemented from 2016 to 2020, and in 2019 then small business development minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni lauded it as a vision “to make them the first government-supported franchise in our term of office”.  She said that within 100 days Braai Cafe outlets would be operational across four areas of the Cape Flats...

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