Politicians will still celebrate Youth Day

2010-06-16 00:00

AMID the football craziness that has engulfed South Africa, thousands of South African youth are expected to converge on different venues to celebrate the country’s national Youth Day today.

President Jacob Zuma is going to deliver a keynote address at Thulamahashe Stadium in Bushbuckridge in the Mpumalanga province while KZN Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize is going to address the provincial celebrations at Uitval Sports Field near Zakheni in Ladysmith.

President Zuma will be accompanied by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza and the National Youth Development Agency’s (NYDA) Andile Lungisa.

This year’s celebrations take place within the context of the first anniversary of the establishment of the NYDA. The NYDA was established after the merger of the National Youth Commission and Umsobomvu Youth Fund.

Also this year’s celebrations coincide with the much-anticipated World Cup game between South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and Uruguay, which kicks off at 8.30 pm, long after the commemorations had been concluded.

DA leader Helen Zille announced in a statement yesterday that her organisation is, for the first time, going to celebrate its national Youth Day at eNdlovini Hall in Cape Town’s Gugulethu township. KZN DA’s celebrations are going to be held at King Dinuzulu Hall in eShowe, in the north of the province.

Zille said she will address the youth “on their role in our constitutional democracy, the challenges they face with regards to education, drugs, crime and jobs …”

IFP Youth Brigade national organiser Sthembiso Radebe said the IFP’s celebrations will be held at Mtubatuba on the north coast and will be addressed by, among others, South African Democratic Students’ Movement president Ntuthuko Majozi.

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