Research colloquium kicks off rural youth summit

2010-07-29 00:00

THE Rural Youth Development Summit (IRYDS), held at the uMgungundlovu District Municipality council chamber, kicked off yesterday with a research colloquium of researchers, academics and institution represen­tatives from rural agriculture, arts and tourism.

The research colloquium was organised by Umvithi Youth Development Consul­tants.

Said Umvithi CEO Mthobisi Mkhize, “The main objective of this colloquium was to gather a different range of delegates with expertise on a way forward for young people residing in the rural areas.”

All the presentations reflected on the goals that would enhance rural youth development in communities in KwaZulu-Natal.

Strategies were formulated to encourage the youth to participate in the empowerment of their rural communities.

A discussion was held on challen­ges that the youth face in the post-apartheid era and on how young people can alleviate poverty and enhance development in art, tourism and agriculture.

Specialists from Injinga Business Incubation and Entrepreneurship introduced the idea to set up a series of diversified industries and small and medium enterprises with the aim of creating job opportunities for school leavers and graduates.

The youth were also encouraged to use local infrastructure such as the Winston Churchill Theatre and community halls to advance their goals in the arts industry.

The summit continues today at the YMCA in Scottsville, and district municipality mayor Yusuf Bhamjee will be on hand to welcome guests.

The summit will be addressed by Zinhle Sokhela (PCB/Cascades), Judy van Niekerk (Stables Wine Estate), KZN Tourism CEO Ndabo Khoza, Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Lydia Johnson, Arts and Culture MEC Weziwe Thusi, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube and Tourism deputy director general Sindiswa Nhlumayo.

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