Ten young people from Grahamstown are running a pop-up restaurant at the Joza Youth Hub during the National Arts Festival. The young entrepreneurs are part of Oasis Bridge the Gap, a yearlong program empowering young unemployed people between 18 and 25 to be change agents, passionate about their own change and transformation in our community through lifeskills, computer training and community service.
Visitors to the Oasis resto will get some township flavors and nutritious festival snacks at affordable prices and served with a smile. With free WiFi vouchers, an outside terrace and the secret homegrown recipes the resto will be a place to relax and enjoy a good meal. With three festival venues in the vicinity and young people signed up for the open computer lab at the Joza Youth Hub the organizers are expecting hungry festivalgoers and young visitors to grab a bite (bunny chows, hot chips, samoosas, chicken and more) and come for a drink.
The opening will be on Friday 30th June at 10am and the resto will be open daily from 10am to 5pm (except for Sundays).
Carren Cloete who joined Oasis Bridge The Gap in March is excited “to create her own opportunities.” Her colleague Laurelle Brooks is looking forward to meet a lot of new people. Roxanne Esterhuyse is eager to learn new skills.
The Joza Youth Hub desires to be a hub for young people in Grahamstown, hosting several organisations: AMP, Awarenet, Reading clubs, RUCE, Raphael’s Centre’s eyeclinic and the Joza Toy Library. The hub is a place where young people can grow, play, learn.
“It is great to see the initiative of young people in Grahamstown, we like to encourage entrepreneurship and are thankful for the support from the different organisations at the Joza Youth Hub” says Niels Vandereyken who coordinates the Oasis Bridge The Gap project.
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