Youth festival begins in Tshwane

2010-12-13 14:37

Minister in the Presidency Colins Chabane welcomed delegates to the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students which began in Tshwane today.

“Thousands of young people attending the festival will have an opportunity to interact and discuss social, political and economic issues towards the development of young people,” he said in a statement.

The festival, to be held under the theme Let’s Defeat Imperialism, hosted by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) in partnership with the World Federation of Democratic Youth, was scheduled to end on December 21.

Thousands of international and domestic delegates were expected at the event, for which R69 million had been budgeted. Of this amount R40 million had come from the National Lotteries Board.

Speakers listed on the agenda range from Kgalema Motlanthe, Winnie Mandela and Julius Malema to Jackie Selebi.

“Thus far over 100 countries amounting to over 3000 delegates had began to arrive in South Africa in preparation for the festival.”

President Jacob Zuma was expected to speak at the opening ceremony.

Chabane said delegates would get an opportunity to discuss issues such as employment, economic issues, environment and development, education, science, culture and information, democratic rights and the struggle against imperialism.

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