Youth should be own catalysts

2015-06-25 06:01

ANC MP Bongani Mkongi and sub-council 13 manager Lunga Hobo at the Philippi Youth Summit. 

Mandla Mahashe

ANC MP Bongani Mkongi and sub-council 13 manager Lunga Hobo at the Philippi Youth Summit. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A challenge to the youth of Philippi has been made.

They should be the initiators of development programmes in the area.

This was made by Bongani Mkongi, MP, who was the guest speaker at the Philippi Youth Summit last Saturday.

This summit was the first instalment of a planned bi-annual event organised by the City of Cape Town’s Sub-council 13 and the Philippi Youth Development Council.

Mkongi said that young people from previously disadvantaged areas should be in the forefront in the efforts to improve their areas.

“Youth should be the initiators of development projects. They should be the ones that call government to assist in projects that they themselves started.

They are the ones that are on the ground and understand better the needs and challenges,” he said.

“Our youth should stop being consumers and actually be the producers so that business opportunities can be created in our communities.

There should be nothing about the youth without the youth,” said Mkongi.

He said that government has various structures and agencies to assist with such developments.

Various organisations such as the National Youth Development Agency, education and health departments, Small Enterprise Finance Agency and various NGOs, we present.

Babalwa Jama from Subcouncil 13 said that the summit was organised so that the youth can voice their concerns.

“Many youths in our community feel as if nothing is happening regarding their development and this is one of the ways to address that concern.

We have called all these organisations so that we can bridge the gap between the young people and various organisations,” she said.

She said that as a result of the frustration, young people are often at the forefront of violent protests.

“This is never a solution and we believe that if young people are part of a constructive dialogue, then major changes and improvements can be made,” she said.

In the commissions that followed, resolutions were made.

These included the proposed plan to go to schools and conduct surveys on the challenges faced by students as well as the dropouts.

Health road shows to cater to young people and the community will be held.

Sandile Tilana, PYDC chairman said: “The youth are very angry and its quite visible by the number of protest in the area. So this initiative will try to address that and we need the government to come on board,” he said

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