Youth cry foul over WC regime

2015-06-25 06:00

Learners from Fezeka High were some of the keen listeners during the Gugulethu Youth Dialogue and Expo.

Learners from Fezeka High were some of the keen listeners during the Gugulethu Youth Dialogue and Expo.

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The Gugulethu Youth Development Council (GYDC) is appealing to national government to liberate them from the Western Cape provincial government.

Speaking exclusively to SAnews at the sideline of the Gugulethu Youth Dialogue and Expo, chairperson of the GYDC, Adelaide Phankisa said: “We’ve been trying to work with the Western Cape provincial government on social cohesion, but to no avail.

They are not willing to give a platform to engage openly, therefore, as young people in this province, we feel that we are in an island amongst the young people of South Africa, hence we are appealing to our national government to come down here to intervene.

“We are appealing to the national government also not to isolate us because we are under the provincial government led by the opposition.”

The Youth Dialogue and Expo was organised by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, who visited the township with all the entities under her Department on Friday. Phakisa said attempts to use the unused piece of land which is next to police station to build a wall of hope for young people so that they can tell their stories are also not bearing fruit.

“When we write letters, they don’t respond and we felt much pain when we were denied an opportunity to join other young South Africans at the final draft of the National Youth Policy by the provincial government’s failure to pay for us to travel to Gauteng. We also have the challenge of gangsterism, however, we are very happy that the Minister visited our area today and we hope that our challenges will be addressed.

The youth leader said they will do everything to ensure that they establish their own community radio so that they can be able to air their views.

“With all the information we received today, the future to establish a community radio station looks bright,” she said.

UMhlobo Wenene presenter, Nonala Tose said: “my message to the young people of Gugulethu is that visualize, plan and achieve. Young people in this township must consider themselves lucky, because this dialogue helps to bring back the moral fibre of the community since a lot of young people have lost hope, but with this important interactive dialogue, they will ultimately regain their hope not only in government but on themselves.

“Dialogue sparks great ideas and with those great ideas we can change the world.

I really thank the visionary Minister for bringing all entities under her Department to share with young people the services that they offer.”

Member of Parliament (MP) Mandisa Matshoba, who hails from Gugulethu lauded Muthambi for her tireless efforts of an inclusive communication system for all citizens.

“The fact that you are the first Minister to visit Gugulethu twice in less than a month, clearly indicates that you are a champion of service delivery Minister, we are quite certain that through your leadership, the communication service is beginning to benefit all our people,” she said.

Muthambi used the platform to remind the youth to use this Month to actively encourage greater social cohesion and nation- building, while fostering African unity.

“This National Youth Month, is a moment of thanksgiving dedicated to the young people of our country for the contribution they made to free South Africa from the tyranny of apartheid. Government recognised the fact that our youth are among the most vulnerable members of our society and we will continue to place youth development at the centre of our programmes.

“Last month, before my departmental budget vote presentation, I came here to get first-hand experience and hear the challenges faced by community of Gugulethu and neighbouring townships.

“One of issues that were raised was a need to have community radio station in Gugulethu. As the Minister of Communications, I agree that access to information, and access to communication networks will improve education, health, and career outcomes,” she said.

on Digital Migration, Minister Muthambi reiterated that South Africa’s move towards digital broadcasting will bring more benefits for broadcasters, independent producers, television viewers and community based stations and publications.

“We will start awareness campaign, and as part of boosting community based stations and publications, the campaign will be placed in community publications.”

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