SA Navy trains 1 000 KZN youths

2011-08-08 21:41

Johannesburg - KwaZulu-Natal youths will be encouraged to be patriotic and responsible during a six month training programme with the SA National Defence Force in Saldhana Bay, the SA Navy said on Monday.

Admiral Khanyile Litchfield-Tshabalala said 1 000 young people on the Youth Community Ambassadors programme in KwaZulu-Natal started training on Monday.

"We are going to start off with counselling sessions, as some of the young people here are from abusive backgrounds," she said.

"We can't expect people to be responsible and patriotic citizens if they are still carrying unresolved issues."

She said the programme would include training in self-respect, self-discipline, skills development and dealing with social ills in communities.

KwaZulu-Natal youth development director Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu said the premier's office viewed the navy as the best place to train the youth in discipline.

He said the unemployed young volunteers were also receiving training in addressing issues like teenage pregnancies, abuse and crime.

Simelane-Zulu said they would eventually be helped to find jobs.

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