Youth bring issues to mayor’s attention

2017-07-05 06:00
Members of the Tsantsabane Youth Council at the three-day youth summit hosted by the Tsantsabane Municipality on 22 June.    Photo: Supplied

Members of the Tsantsabane Youth Council at the three-day youth summit hosted by the Tsantsabane Municipality on 22 June. Photo: Supplied

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The economic participation of young people, education, skills and second chances are among the issues that the Tsantsabane Municipality declared to find solutions to after a list had been submitted to Mayor Maria Daniels, the executive committee and the council.

The list also includes the issues of health care and combatting substance abuse, nation building and social cohesion, and effective and responsive youth development institutions.

These points of concern form part of the three-day youth summit hosted by the Tsantsabane Municipality on Thursday, 22 June.

The summit was made possible through the support of Anglo American and Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela Mine and Assmang Mine, in partnership with loveLife, governmental departments, Transnet, the Tsantsabane Labour Desk, the Sishen Iron Ore Company (Sioc), the National Youth Development Agency (Nyda), the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and the Tsantsabane Black Business Chamber.

The summit was an intervention towards shaping the future of youth development in the Tsantsabane Municipal Area and gave young people the platform to articulate their opinions on the Tsantsabane Youth Policy and Integrated Youth Development Strategy.

The summit consisted of speeches, games, entertainment and commissions that tackled the formulation of comprehensive municipal youth policies.

Daniels highlighted the positive role that the municipality needed to play in meeting the needs of young people.

“The economic drivers of this municipality need to start talking to its young people so that empowerment can take centre stage to meet the needs of young people,” said Daniels.

During his memorial lecture on the opening day, the provincial manager of Nyda, Dr Lebogang Moremedi, referenced the late ANC stalwart Oliver Tambo when he made points about economic freedom and the desirability of education.

Various inputs were rendered by the Kolomela Mine, Nyda and loveLife, amongst others, while part of the programme included commissions through which different areas of youth development were discussed.

The draft Tsantsabane Youth Policy and Integrated Youth Development Strategy was tabled on the final day of the summit. Both documents are still open for input at the Tsantsabane Youth Desk, libraries or on the municipality’s website.

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