Youth NPO takes proactive steps

2018-12-07 06:00
PHOTO: siphelele nketoNPO members (back from left) Mvo Madolo, Xolani Ntlumayo, Bonga Kisane, (front from left) Paul Myburgh, Ntokozo Ngcobo, Khuthala Ngwabeni and Mnqobi Zungula gear up for the event.

PHOTO: siphelele nketoNPO members (back from left) Mvo Madolo, Xolani Ntlumayo, Bonga Kisane, (front from left) Paul Myburgh, Ntokozo Ngcobo, Khuthala Ngwabeni and Mnqobi Zungula gear up for the event.

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WHEN the country commemorates World Aids Day tomorrow, December 1, a group of young people who are members of the newly established non-profit organisation, The Beat, will be conducting an awareness campaign against drug abuse, crime, teenage pregnancy and the spread of HIV and Aids.

The event will be held in the Bhongweni Township from 10 am.

Instead of watching young people doing crime in Kokstad, a group of about 12 young people established the NPO to nurture the future of our youth. They said they want to hold awareness campaigns in all wards to educate members of the youth on how to refrain from drug abuse, crime and teenage pregnancy.

In order to spread their message, the NPO hopes to work with the SAPS, the Department of Heath, Department of Education and the Department of Social Development.

The NPO’s chairperson, Mnqobi Zungula, said young people are publicly using drugs without any fear of the police and their elders.

“Drugs are being sold everywhere in Kokstad and we want that to come to an end,” Zungula said, adding that young people must focus on building their future, not using drugs.

Paul Myburgh, the NPO’s manager, said that they have been campaigning for young people to take education as a priority.

“In January, we visited local schools, assisting with registrations, and next year we will be doing the same. We also want to help orphans to get assistance from government,” he said, asking for local businesses to give their support.

The NPO also teaches young boys to follow the right processes when going to initiation schools and to stop misbehaving after returning.

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