DA holds youth dialogue

2017-08-18 06:00
 PhotoS: suppliedYoung people and DA members at the youth dialogue.

PhotoS: suppliedYoung people and DA members at the youth dialogue.

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SIPHELELE NKETO

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CHALLENGES, such as unemployment, a shortage of skills and inequality that affect young people, were highlighted at a youth dialogue organised by Democratic Alliance­ in St Anthony Hall in Kokstad last Saturday.

The dialogue was attended by DA Provincial Legislature member, Francois Rodgers, DA Harry Gwala Deputy Chairperson, Bradwyn Marnce and councillors.

Guest speaker, DA Youth KZN interim leader, Swelakhe Shelembe, said the youth in KZN, and in particular Kokstad, have had enough of political jargon, they want jobs and skills.

He said young people must be taught skills as many are unemployable because they lack the necessary skills required by employers.

“The quality of education under the government is pathetic, resulting in a high unemployment rate, poverty and crime. Education is the only tool that can take this country to a prosperous destination.”

Shelembe told young people to stand together and fight against unemployment, the poor quality of education and drugs.

He asked community leaders, business people and public representatives to bring change to the lives of young people.

“I want to send a strong message to leaders, especially those in government, that the notion of taking young people for granted and putting them last on their agenda must stop,” he said.

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