Youth job summit held in Mandeni

2017-03-08 06:01

MMANDENI Municipality hosted its first ever three days Youth Job Summit from last Wednesday to Friday, 24 February at the Sibusisiwe Hall.

Mandeni mayor Sphesihle Zulu said the main purpose of the summit was to ensure that local communities are educated about what a democratic and accountable government is, and that they are informed about how municipalities intend to ensure that services to communities are sustainable, as well as promoting social and economic development in the area and that the summit aimed to encourage the involvement of communities and community organisations in matters of local government.

“We are confident that 2017 is the year of success and we are confident that it is going to be the year of triumph for all our people. Our councillors will ensure that everything prescribed by the constitution of the land will be complied with,” Zulu said.

He said councillors have attended several platforms like a Strategic Planning session held in September last year in the Drakensberg where councillors pledged to ensure that service delivery is attained.

“As the council, we have decided to hold this session because we know that issues of the youth are sectoral and segmented, after this event we want a programme of action which is going to be formed by what is being discussed here.

“After this summit, we should manage to deal with issues of our young people in schools. Current Grade 12 pupils, you should also be able to address issues of young people who are drop-outs. There are some who have entered higher levels of education, but have not completed their diplomas and degrees, therefore, we should come up with programmes to address those issues. For us to know the proposed solution we need to make this platform, the platform of robust dialogue,” Zulu said.

In conclusion, Zulu said the session should bring about unity among the local communities.

"If council ignores the young people of Mandeni then it would have failed in its duties. We want to use this session for incubating young people and grooming them to be future leaders. It is vital that we work together to make Mandeni progresses, together let us put our foot on the pedal to move Mandeni forward,” he said.

Various presentations were made by different organisations such as Sappi, Transnet, Richfield college, iLembe Enterprise, and the Department of education, NYDA, the Department of Public Works, iLembe Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture, to mention just a few.

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