Careers Expo to empower youth

2016-06-23 06:00
 Sisa Mangena

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Half of the youth in South Africa are without work. This crucial statistic prompted the Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) in the Diocese of False Bay to have a career exhibition themed “Empower A Young Person, You Build A Nation”.

The event was staged at the St Peter’s Anglican Church in Khayelitsha .

Some of the guests that attended this grand event were MEC of Health in the Western Cape, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Thando Mguli, Mbuso Maguma, Sisa Mangena, Mandla Mbusi, an old boy of the AYF who is now an employee of Eskom and Sibu Macozoma, a lecturer from the College of Cape Town.

The event was blessed with a Eucharist service conducted by Rev. Canon Xola Mlandu, who represented Bishop Margaret Virtue, of the False Bay diocese.

The service was held in five different languages, as a way to celebrate Africa Month.

During his speech, Father Mlandu encouraged young people to be ethical at work and in their everyday lives.

“Say your say, but do so ethically. Do not go around burning schools and trashing what has been given to you. People fought and sacrificed their lives for you”, he encouraged the youth.

Dr Mbombo gave a brief background of her life.

She made people aware of the fact that one’s background or past does not determine their future.

Having taken a forced-gap year, she was determined to make something out of life.

She was fired repeatedly from her domestic jobs and was eventually told by her last “madam” that she didn’t belonged there.

She went on to study and attained many qualifications. She also shared valuable information on services that are available for the people in townships, especially the youth.

Thando Mguli said he was moved by young people who wanted to live in a better world.

He encouraged young girls to study. “Education will open doors all the time. Young people must be God-fearing.

Mguli also gave information on accessing housing services from government.

Maguma encouraged those who would like to do law to study hard, saying it was a great feeling once one got into practice. He also touched on lawyers that take the short cut and con people out of their hard-earned money.

Sibu Macozoma, the young lecturer from College of Cape Town, encouraged people to do what they love, and love what they do. Although she had a passion for cooking, she is now studying towards her master’s degree.

Sisa Mangena held a brief workshop educating people about the do’s and the don’ts of writing CV’s.

Mandla Mbusi spoke about renewable energy.

All of the speakers emphasised that the problems in the country will not be resolved by talking, but by getting up and doing something about the challenges.

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