‘Young people want strong leaders, education and jobs’

2014-06-16 00:00

ON the eve of Youth Day, some of KZN’s young rising stars described a lack of strong leaders as one of the key impediments to their generation’s future.

“We don’t have strong leaders who should be showing the young people the way to the future,” junior property manager Elisabeth Dube said yesterday.

Dube (27) of the Bluff, said Youth Day — which marks the 1976 Soweto uprising — no longer attracted great interest among the youth.

“It lost its value a bit. In fact, the youth of today have lost interest in government. We are not taken care of by the people who should be taking care of us,” Dube said.

With unemployment rife among the youth, Dube believes that the government needed to provide youths with direction and tools to empower themselves.

“Unemployment affects us a lot as the young people. We need the government to motivate us so that we can live our dreams. They should give us the tools such as mentorship,” Dube said, adding that the resources that were available in suburbs should also be availed in underprivileged areas.

She said her biggest fear for the future was the “disappearance” of discipline among children.

“We have no good leaders of good standing and morals. With so many things happening around we have no future. Our children won’t have any jobs because of corruption.”

Meanwhile, one final year student at Durban University of Technology is worried about finding employment when he completes his construction management and quantity surveying diploma later this year.

Mbongeni Witbooi said, “My worry is that when the time comes to look for employment, I may be without a job for a long time. It is common these days for employers to require prospective applicants to have experience that can range up to five years.”

He also said one of the challenges that faced young people was access to higher education and the resultant unemployment.

“Many young people can’t go to school because of the lack of funds. If government can provide much funding for bursaries, many youths can pursue higher education,” Witbooi said.

He said Youth Day remained a crucial reminder of the country’s past.

“The June 16 protests helped to bring about freedom to our country in one way or the other. Afrikaans was stopped as a compulsory teaching and learning language for Africans. We as young people now have rights and can choose the language of communication we prefer without being forced into which one we have to learn.”

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