Young encouraged to do good

2015-07-02 06:00

Mhlonyane Siviwe of Multi-Sectoral Action Team (MSAT) dancing with children who are members of Makhaza Entertaiment, during the youth event, in Site C, Khayelitsha, on Friday.
Mbongiseni Maseko

Mhlonyane Siviwe of Multi-Sectoral Action Team (MSAT) dancing with children who are members of Makhaza Entertaiment, during the youth event, in Site C, Khayelitsha, on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A group of youth was motivated to stay focused on achieving their goals during an event that was designed to address challenges that they are facing, on Friday, in Site C in Khayelitsha.

The event, which attracted about 70 youngsters, was organised by Multi-Sectoral Action Team (MSAT), an umbrella body for 20 Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the Khayelitsha Sub-District, in partnership with Community Health Worker.

Jane Nokuzola Gutyana, of MSAT and the organiser of the event, said the event was aimed at empowering the youth.

“We want to address the challenges that the youth is facing nowadays. We called them here to motivate them to stay on track to achieve their dreams. Most youth find themselves trapped in drugs and other ill-disciplined activities, because they do not have a platform designed to address their challenges,” Gutyuna said.

Gutyuna also said they also approached other departments such as Department of Social Development to come tell the youth about opportunities they offer, in future.

“We want all departments to come and tell the youth about their services to upgrade the lives of the youth,” she added.

She said they decided to hold the event in Site C, because it is the “most populated” section of the area and that criminal activities are most prevalent in the section.

Thembisa Sello, 30, from Makhaza, said the event was good for the youth.

“During Apartheid era youth fought for the issue of their rights to be addressed, and the youth nowadays must also fight for their challenges to be addressed.

This event is good for tabling their challenges so that a solution can be found. It is going to help us,” Sello said.

Nomawethu Mbekeni, of TB/HIV Care Association Project Integrate, said this event formed part of Youth Month, June, and that it was set to benefit the youth in many ways.

“We are here to encourage youth to get up and achieve their dreams. Youth have talents and they must us it. They must see that we care about them. We do not want them to get involved in drugs,” Mbekeni said

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