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2018-06-21 06:01
Some of the youth who participated in the event share their expectations and possible contributions to the Life Counts programme at the Department of Community Safety’s Youth Month launch in Athlone last Saturday.

Some of the youth who participated in the event share their expectations and possible contributions to the Life Counts programme at the Department of Community Safety’s Youth Month launch in Athlone last Saturday.

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Young people from Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Langa were among thousands of youth that attended the launch of the provincial department of community safety’s latest project: “Life Counts”, last week.

The event took place at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday, with the participation of about 2000 youngsters who were bussed in from areas as far apart as Knysna, Mossel Bay, Worcester, De Doorns, Beaufort West, Ocean View, Lavender Hill, Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Langa, Manenberg, Delft, Kraaifontein and Wesbank.

In total, they were from over 50 communities across the Western Cape.

The project is in line with the department’s continued efforts to reach more youth in the province through various programmes and activities, and is in commemoration of Youth Month.

Speaking to the youth, Dan Plato, MEC for Community Safety in the province, said: “We see too many youth and children dying in our streets. We see too many youngsters running around with guns, getting involved in drugs and choosing a criminal life of gangsterism. Life is all about making choices and I want you, the youth, to start making better choices for yourself and for your future, because your life counts.”

Plato shared inspiring and motivational anecdotes with the youth, in order to get the most out of what life has to offer them, and said the department’s Life Counts programme will focus specifically on youth empowerment activities in various communities over the next few weeks.

“We aim to see ongoing peer mentorship programmes continue in many of our vulnerable areas to help the youth of our province navigate issues and challenges life might throw their way.

“Through partnerships with religious institutions, we aim to provide alternative leisure activities and guidance to vulnerable youth and youth at risk, as additional diversion from becoming tangled in gang-related or high-risk activities.”

Miss Pre-Teen South Africa,, who was crowned earlier this year, was also part of a group of youth who set out to inspire the crowds.

“It was an honour for me to have been part of this youth launch, and to have advocated and spoken about child safety. Safety is a basic human need and right; however, over the past few years, many of our children have been denied this right,” she said.

“About one in five children falls victim to different types of abuses before turning 18. Is this the South Africa we want for our children? I come from a community were our youth are expose to gangsterism and drugs. Consequently this has effects on the community and its youth. It was a privilege to be crowned with the title of Miss Pre-Teen South Africa, despite the community I come from and the challenges I face. Youth are the future of our country – protect and uplift them on their way forward. I thank the minister for giving me the opportunity to speak my heart on the day and for bringing this project to us,” she added.

Plato urged the youth to make their life count, every day, in every moment, and to utilise the different opportunities available, through the Department of Community Safety or any other sphere of government or non-governmental organisation. “I am extremely happy that more than 44 communities have already committed to joining the Life Counts programme, and they will participate in the various programmes and upcoming annual youth conference.”

The youth were treated to warm meals and entertainment throughout the launch programme.

To participate in the Lfe Counts programme, call Ewald Botha: 079 694 1113.

Provincial Minister for Community Safety, Dan Plato, made his way to the community of Athlone last week to launch the department’s latest project titled “Life Counts”.

The event took place at Athlone Stadium last Saturday, in the presence of more than 2000 youth, bussed in from over 50 communities from across the Western Cape.

The project is in line with the department’s continued efforts to reach more youth in the province through various programmes and activities, and is in commemoration of Youth Month.

Speaking to the youth on the day, Plato said: “We see too many youth and children dying in our streets. We see too many youngsters running around with guns, getting involved in drugs and choosing a criminal life of gangsterism. Life is all about making choices and I want you, the youth, to start making better choices for yourself and for your future, because your life counts.”

Plato aimed to inspire and motivate the youth to get the most out of what life has to offer them, and said the department’s Life Counts programme will focus specifically on youth empowerment activities in various communities over the next few weeks.

“We aim to see ongoing peer mentorship programmes continue in many of our vulnerable areas to help the youth of our province navigate issues and challenges life might throw their way.

“Through partnerships with religious institutions we aim to providing alternative leisure activities and guidance to vulnerable youth and youth at risk, as additional diversion from becoming tangled in gang-related or high-risk activities.”

The youth present on the day were bussed in from various communities across the province and also included youth from Ocean View. They were treated to warm meals and entertainment throughout the launch programme.

A local model from Hanover Park who was crowned Miss Pre-Teen South Africa earlier this year (“Model set for Turkey”, People’s Post, 22 May), was also part of a group of youth set to inspire the crowd on the day.

“It was an honour for me to have been part of this youth launch, and to have advocated and spoken about child safety. Safety is a basic human need and right; however, over the past few years, many of our children have been denied this right,” she said.

“About one in five children falls victim to different types of abuses before turning 18. Is this the South Africa we want for our children? I come from a community were our youth are expose to gangsterism and drugs. Consequently this has effects on the community and its youth. It was a privilege to be crowned with the title of Miss Pre-Teen South Africa, despite the community I come from and the challenges I face. Youth are the future of our country – protect and uplift them on their way forward. I thank the minister for giving me the opportunity to speak my heart on the day and for bringing this project to us,” she added.

Plato urged the youth to make their life count, every day, in every moment, and to utilise the different opportunities available, through the Department of Community Safety or any other sphere of government or non-governmental organisation.

V For more information on the Life Counts programme, call Ewald Botha, the spokesperson for Minister Dan Plato, on 079 694 1113.

Provincial Minister for Community Safety, Dan Plato, made his way to the community of Athlone last week to launch the department’s latest project titled “Life Counts”.

The event took place at Athlone Stadium last Saturday, in the presence of more than 2000 youth, bussed in from over 50 communities from across the Western Cape.

The project is in line with the department’s continued efforts to reach more youth in the province through various programmes and activities, and is in commemoration of Youth Month.

Speaking to the youth on the day, Plato said: “We see too many youth and children dying in our streets. We see too many youngsters running around with guns, getting involved in drugs and choosing a criminal life of gangsterism. Life is all about making choices and I want you, the youth, to start making better choices for yourself and for your future, because your life counts.”

Plato aimed to inspire and motivate the youth to get the most out of what life has to offer them, and said the department’s Life Counts programme will focus specifically on youth empowerment activities in various communities over the next few weeks. “We aim to see ongoing peer mentorship programmes continue in many of our vulnerable areas to help the youth of our province navigate issues and challenges life might throw their way.

“Through partnerships with religious institutions we aim to providing alternative leisure activities and guidance to vulnerable youth and youth at risk, as additional diversion from becoming tangled in gang-related or high-risk activities.”

The youth present on the day were bussed in from various communities including Knysna, Mossel Bay, Worcester, De Doorns, Beaufort West, Ocean View, Lavender Hill, Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Langa, Manenberg, Delft, Kraaifontein and Wesbank amongst others, and were treated to warm meals and entertainment throughout the launch programme.

A local model from Hanover Park who was crowned Miss Pre-Teen South Africa earlier this year (“Model set for Turkey”, People’s Post, 22 May), was also part of a group of youth set to inspire the crowd on the day.

“It was an honour for me to have been part of this youth launch, and to have advocated and spoken about child safety. Safety is a basic human need and right; however, over the past few years, many of our children have been denied this right,” she said.

“About one in five children falls victim to different types of abuses before turning 18. Is this the South Africa we want for our children? I come from a community were our youth are expose to gangsterism and drugs. Consequently this has effects on the community and its youth.

“It was a privilege to be crowned with the title of Miss Pre-Teen South Africa, despite the community I come from and the challenges I face. Youth are the future of our country – protect and uplift them on their way forward. I thank the minister for giving me the opportunity to speak my heart on the day and for bringing this project to us,” she added.

Plato urged the youth to make their life count, every day, in every moment, and to utilise the different opportunities available, through the Department of Community Safety or any other sphere of government or non-governmental organisation.

“I am extremely happy that more than 44 communities have already committed to joining the Life Counts programme, and they will participate in the various programmes and upcoming annual youth conference,” Plato added.

V For more information on the Life Counts programme, call Ewald Botha, the spokesperson for Minister Dan Plato, on 079 694 1113.

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