Meghan and Harry began their last day in South Africa visiting the Youth Employment Services organisation in Johannesburg to learn about the critical levels of youth unemployment in South Africa.
The couple were warmly welcomed by Melony Campbell from the British High Commission and Youth Employment Services chief executive Tashmia Ismail-Saville
A video from the arrival:
YES, a nonprofit organization, gives young people a chance to demonstrate their abilities, establish their work ethic and prove their worth, by providing work experience for one year. The youth are all between 18 and 35.
The organization was launched in April 2018 and aims to tackle the critical issue of youth unemployment in South Africa by creating one million new work opportunities in the next three years.
Inside the hub they were briefed about the organisation’s work in the community.
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“We have a massive youth employment problem in South Africa,” Tashmia Ismail-Saville tells T&C. “Legacies of apartheid have meant that communities like this have always been on the back end of education and healthcare so these development outcomes are lower. You have in a township six out ten people unemployed…Places like this are here to bring learning, knowledge, technologies into the community…give younger people who are in the community an idea of career pathways that they can build.”
Meghan and Harry also visited Blossom Care Solutions, which produces up to 80 000 sanitary towels a month, all of which are 100% compostable and sold at an affordable price to the local community.
Meghan and Harry also got the opportunity to with Mish – a local Masterchef winner who now runs his own catering business.
And of course – they sampled several of his delicious dishes.
During their speech at the Blossom Care Solutions, both Meghan and Harry hailed African people for their resilience in spite of the many challenges on the continent.
Both their speeches:
Meghan thanked South Africans for their hospitality and expressed pride at seeing women own companies in South Africa
“That’s what’s amazing and that’s what needed because there’s so much talent… there’s so much promise here, given the level of support, the potential is astronomical.
“I’m so proud of you, in the business that you’re creating, and also being able to now control your own purse strings, because when you have that level of independence, my goodness, you can do anything!”
Meghan praises Blossom Care Solutions, telling the all-female team: “I’m so proud of you, in the business that you’re creating, and also being able to now control your own purse strings, because when you have that level of independence, my goodness, you can do anything!”
“We will always seek to challenge injustice and to speak out for those who may feel unheard”
For the first engagement of the day Meghan opted for an elegant white style, featuring a smart button-down front and flattering waist-tie.
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The designer shared her excitement on Instagram:
Meghan styled it with her Stuart Weitzman Legend pumps in haze beige
She accessorized the outfit with a pair of red Madewell Stone & Tassel earrings
Meghan and Harry, then departed to meet Mrs Graca Machal, widow of the late Nelson Mandela