A debate about our demographic dividend

2017-10-01 06:00
Fred Khumalo, who won the EU Literary Prize for Bitches’ Brew in 2006, will host the City Press/EU panel discussion on October 4.

Fred Khumalo, who won the EU Literary Prize for Bitches’ Brew in 2006, will host the City Press/EU panel discussion on October 4.

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Salvaging South Africa’s demographic dividend is going to be a huge challenge – Stats SA’s report this week made this abundantly clear.

It will take vision and innovation to make youngsters the priority they need to be so that our economy can grow to its full potential and prosper. It will also take partnerships that create opportunities.

In the run up to the 5th EU-Africa Summit, scheduled to take place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on 28-29 November 2017, the African Union and the European Union will jointly host a youth summit that will address some of the key issues facing young Africans and young Europeans.

On Wednesday October 4, City Press and the EU Delegation to South Africa will co-host a panel discussion to begin this debate and to invite all our print and online readers to participate.

The panel discussion, which will be hosted by author, journalist and EU Prize for Literature winner Fred Khumalo, features youth representatives taking part as well as the input from Koen Vervaeke, the managing director: Africa in the European External Action Service.

In February 2017, the African Union (AU) released its Roadmap on Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth. The Roadmap aims to transform the potential of Africa’s youth bulge into a demographic dividend.

The four areas of focus of the roadmap and the topics of the panel discussion are: 

Employment and entrepreneurship;

Education and skills development;

- Health and wellbeing; and

- Rights, governance and youth empowerment.

City Press invites all the readers in our community to take part – to put questions to the panellists or send their questions ahead of the event.

The event will be covered live on Facebook and Twitter from 16:00 on Wednesday.

Follow the hashtags #withoutwalls and #SA_EUtalk and tweet @EUinSA.

SMS your questions ahead of time to 35697, using SUMMIT as the keyword. SMSes cost R1.50.

Tweet your questions to @City_Press

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