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2016-10-06 06:00
Sabatha Ngubane is determined to bring change to his community. Photo: supplied

Sabatha Ngubane is determined to bring change to his community. Photo: supplied

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A TONGAAT resident is determined to implement change in his community by encouraging his peers to refrain from bad habits and inspire them to participate in social activities that will benefit the community.

Sabatha Ngubane (23), an ambitious man driven by passion, initiated a programme which assists youth to sharpen their skills and give them a platform explore their talents.

Ngubane plans to roll out this programme through his organisation uThongathi Ambitious Youth (TAY). He told the Weekly that the idea was conceived last year and kicked off early in 2016.

However, he said that TAY is still experiencing teething problems due to financial constraints.

The organisation has nine active members working in partnership to help the youth to be proactive and leaders of change in their own community.

“The recent upsurge on drug abuse, teenage pregnancy and apathy among the youth to further their studies motivated me to stand up and rescue our future ambassadors. It has always been my dream to work for the community and assist young people. We currently have youth participating in poetry, music and traditional dance” he said.

In July this year the members of TAY embarked on a cleanup campaign in Tongaat educating the community about the importance of keeping the environment spontaneous. In addition to that educational programmes aimed at encouraging the youth to refrain from drug abuse and other bad habits were held in Tongaat.

He said that TAY is currently seeking financial support from business owners who can make his dream to empower the youth come true.

After he completed his studies at the Durban University of Technology in 2013 in Public Relations Management, he decided to give back to his community and instil positive ideas among the youth.

“We adopted a programme to educate the community about social problems that we are facing. I felt that there was a need to do something in my community and persuade our youth not to get involved with drugs. In the interim the organisation comprises nine members.

“I felt that the community of Magwaveni was neglected and that caused the youth to pick up bad habits such as drug abuse.

“Our area used to be the harbour of great talents, but that spirit faded away in the past years. Our goal is to revive it and show the youth that it is crucial to be positive in life.

“We also help the youth choose careers after completing matric. So far the response from the community is amazing and parents have started to seek advices from us to intervene and help their children.

“Although we are struggling financially to make our campaigns a success, we hope our programmes will flourish to other townships in the north coast. We want to embrace youth talent and give them platform to explore their skills And we also want to get mentorship for them. Furthermore we have other programmes lining up to educate the community of Tongaat at large,” he said.

“We anticipate to get our programmes rolling in Hambanathi township soon and address the problems that the youth encounter. Our main intention is to explore skills and give youth platform to showcase their talents,” he added.

For more information, contact Sabatha Ngubane on 081 8070688 or email utay2016@outlook.com

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