NDZ viewpoint

2017-06-23 06:00

GREETINGS to everybody. As we approach the end of the local government financial year, as the municipality, we reflect on the projects that have been achieved, the successes and the good stories of our municipality that need to be told.

June is celebrated as Youth Month in South Africa, with the focus on 16 June, Youth Day.
Youth Month pays tribute to pupils who lost their lives in the 16 June, 1976 uprising in Soweto. This year marks the 41th anniversary of them.
The theme for Youth Month is “The year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment” hence our call for more youth entrepreneurs is increasing as we believe the solution to unemployment, poverty and inequality is entrepreneurship.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Municipality hosted a career exhibition at the Bulwer hall. The youth of NDZ, in particular the matriculants gathered for career guidance and discussions about various careers and the different educational streams that are available in all institutions of higher learning.
Stakeholders gave a message of support to the youth, the mayor Cllr P.N. Mncwabe delivered her keynote address encouraging the youth to stay away from substance abuse, drugs and any form of behaviour that will destroy their lives.
There were also discussions about possible solutions to the problems facing the youth of today.
As the municipality we believe that the youth can be the antidote to these social ills, the power is in their hands, hence the career guidance was facilitated by the youth and one can say it was a success.
Youth Day is celebrated in order to recognise the role of youth in the liberation of South Africa from the apartheid regime.

Although this youth revolution did not see the taking back of the language order immediately, it did see a turning point in South Africa's liberation campaign which ultimately saw the downfall of the apartheid government then.

Youth Day is celebrated in memory of the youngsters who lost their lives during the protest, especially the death of Hector Peterson, a 12-year-old pupil, who was killed during the uprising.
As the Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma municipality we have planned to host youth games as a celebration as well as the reminder of the youth who gave their lives in order for us to enjoy democracy. The games will take place at Bulwer sportsground on Friday 16 June.

In the words of the greatest boxer to ever grace the boxing ring, legendary Mohammad Ali: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see.” 
We are saying to the youth - it is possible and the future is in your hands.

Until next time, stay blessed.

 

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