League pleads for youth in NC

2016-06-22 06:00
BONGIWE MBINQO-GIGABA, the ANCYL chairperson in the province (left), and provincial secretary, Neo Maneng. Photo: Boipelo Mere

BONGIWE MBINQO-GIGABA, the ANCYL chairperson in the province (left), and provincial secretary, Neo Maneng. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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AT least 30% of the total procurement budget should accommodate young people in the Northern Cape who are venturing into business.

This was the call made by the Northern Cape ANC Youth League (ANCYL) to the ANC government as part of their Youth Month rollout.

According to the league, all government departments should establish directorates dedicated to addressing youth development issues and that the amount thus secured should be ring-fenced.

During a media briefing last week, members of the Provincial Executive Council (PEC) said speeches from various government departments were progressive although they lacked a youth-oriented policy directive.

Institutionalising directorates that deals with matters relating to young people still remains unaddressed in each department, according to the league.

“We no longer want desks led by old people who can no longer relate to the needs of young people. We want young, dynamic and innovative leaders to champion the youth agenda in government,” said ANCYL chairperson, Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba.

She was confident that government departments’ developmental targets for the 2016-’17 financial year would be met.

She said the outcome of the recent Youth Summit had given a clear indication of the challenges facing the youth that were not addressed.

It also highlighted the plight of the youth who wanted to study further, but who continued to be denied access to higher education because of a lack of funding.

Calls were also made to all government departments to allocate bursaries which should be co-ordinated by the youth themselves.

“There is a serious gap that the provincial departments need to fill in terms of providing opportunities. And communication channels must be opened for those opportunities to reach the youth,” Mbinqo-Gigaba said.

Elaborating on a generational programme of action termed “the third revolution” by the ANC’s National Executive Council, she said it was in pursuit of equality in the economy and this could be achieved by reducing the share of white monopoly capital in the economy of the country.

The league is striving for all mining rights from 2018 onward to be awarded only to majority black-owned companies.

The minerals mined in the country should, according to the league, be beneficiated locally and leave the country only after having been processed into semiprocessed or fully processed products.

The same should apply to our agricultural produce.

“The third revolution calls for less trading with the bullies of the West and more trade with our cooperative Eastern counterparts such as China, India and Russia, who have always been friends of the revolution.

“The third revolution requires the setting aside of the majority of government procurement for the benefit of black youth businesses.”

At the risk of being called an organisation that talks the talk and never walks the walk, the third revolution requires that the resolutions of the ANC must be implemented without any delays.

Time frames must be set and adhered to.

Some of their resolutions include, in addition to the establishment of a State Bank, a radical land redistribution programme, addressing the labour issues such the abolishment of labour brokers, youth wage subsidy and others.

“The Youth League also calls for the nationalisation of the Reserve Bank so that it can be taken away from foreign white monopoly capital to further reassert South Africa’s sovereignty as a democratic country.”

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