Tongaat youth wins top awards

2016-12-08 06:01
Photo: supplied Thabiso Gumede won three awards at the National Rural Youth Service Corps programme.

Photo: supplied Thabiso Gumede won three awards at the National Rural Youth Service Corps programme.

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THABISO Gumede (25), from Hambanathi in Tongaat, brought home honours after winning three awards at the National Rural Youth Service Corps (Narysec) programme at 3 Sai Battalion in Kimberley in the Northern Cape last month.

Gumede, originally from eSikhawini, in the uThungulu district, hopes to use this honour to make his community a better place.

He told Weekly he applied early this year to take part in the programme, in which students from various provinces participated.

Narysec is a youth skills development and employment programme spearheaded by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in a bid to recruit and develop unemployed rural youth to perform community service in their communities.

The first award he received is the Officer Commanding Commendation Certificate for most disciplined during the duration of a youth programme.

The second award is the Officer Commanding Commendation Certificate for the most overall youth and the third is the National Department of Defence Spade, a youth symbol for farming.

Gumede was the only youth coming from Tongaat who received the National Department of Defence Spade.

“The programme started in August and we were taught about good leadership skills. It was really an honour to be one of many young people from across all walks to participate in this youth programme.

“There are a lot of skills and important information that I gained through the youth camp, which I am well prepared to share with other young people in my community, because after all, the future belongs to the young people. Therefore we need to prepare now. I am now an agent of change in my community through the skills I acquired in the programme. Everything we learnt we have to give back to the community.”

Gumede urged SA youth to be proactive.

“The youth must be informed and be active citizens of their country so as to be part of its developments in all forms.

“I am the change I would like to see in my community and the country. As a national rural youth service cop, I pledge not to ask what South Africa can do for me, but to ask this day what I can do for my country.”

Youth organiser for Community Education and Development Programmes in Tongaat Mnqobi Mthethwa said in a statement: “Apart from the these honours, the programme further capacitated him in the ability to identify and participate in addressing community needs, discipline multidisciplinary skills through civic education, life skills and youth regeneration.

“Narysec provides character building programmes, soft and hard skills training and dispatches the youth to rural areas to undertake various rural infrastructure and other development projects.

“It transforms youth from rural areas from being job seekers to becoming job creators in their own right by breaking the vicious cycle of social grant dependency.” - Supplied.

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