Empowering Gauteng’s Youth with Free Learner’s Licenses 2023/24


Gauteng Provincial Government Partners with Diageo South Africa to Launch the “Wrong Side of the Road” Learners License Project

Johannesburg, Gauteng – The Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), in collaboration with Diageo South Africa, unveiled an innovative initiative aimed at empowering the youth and promoting road safety. This project was launched on Thursday, 19 October 2023, at the Xavier Junction License and Testing Centre in Johannesburg. The campaign, known as the “Wrong Side of the Road” Learners License Project, was geared towards assisting young individuals between the ages of 17-34 with administrative fees for securing learners’ licenses across TISH areas (Townships, Informal Settlements, and Hostels) in Gauteng.

Empowering the Youth for a Safer Future

Transport Month served as a fitting backdrop for the unveiling of this initiative. More than a mere bureaucratic process, the Learner’s License Project held the potential to transform the lives of disadvantaged youth in Gauteng. By eliminating the financial barrier to obtaining a learner’s license, the project not only enhanced the employability of young individuals but also instilled a sense of responsibility and safety from an early age. Safer roads and more informed young drivers were the envisioned outcomes of this forward-thinking program.

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Project Launch Details

The official launch of the Learner’s License Project took place on the following date:

  • Date: Thursday, 19 October 2023
  • Time: 08:30
  • Venue: Xavier Junction Licence and Testing Centre, 5 Rente Street, Ormonde, Johannesburg

Media Contacts

For media inquiries and further information, please reach out to:

Melitah Madiba
Cell: 073 664 9935
E-mail: pressoffice.gpdrt@gauteng.gov.za

Supporting Youth Development in Gauteng

The Gauteng Provincial Government continued to spearhead initiatives that not only addressed immediate needs but also invested in the future of its youth. Teaming up with Diageo South Africa, a leading beverage company committed to social impact, showcased a public-private partnership that prioritized community development.

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About the Partners

Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG):
The GPG was dedicated to the well-being and progress of Gauteng’s residents. Through various programs and policies, the government aimed to create an inclusive and prosperous province for all.

Diageo South Africa:
Diageo South Africa, a subsidiary of the global beverage giant Diageo, was renowned for its commitment to responsible drinking and community engagement. Beyond its business endeavors, Diageo actively supported initiatives that uplifted and empowered communities.

Looking Ahead: Road Safety and Youth Empowerment

As the “Wrong Side of the Road” Learners License Project took flight, Gauteng anticipated a positive ripple effect throughout its communities. Beyond the acquisition of licenses, the initiative’s emphasis on responsible driving set a crucial foundation for safer roads and more conscientious motorists.

In Conclusion

The partnership between the Gauteng Provincial Government and Diageo South Africa stood as a beacon of hope for the youth in TISH areas. By providing access to free learner’s licenses, this project paved the way for brighter futures and safer journeys. The project launch, held amidst Transport Month, symbolized not just a bureaucratic step, but a profound investment in the potential and safety of Gauteng’s young population.


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