Centre helps youth with big challenges

2016-04-20 06:00
VUSI DLAMINI, the Dihlabeng Local Municipality’s youth development officer. Photo: Supplied

VUSI DLAMINI, the Dihlabeng Local Municipality’s youth development officer. Photo: Supplied

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BOHLOKONG. – Vusi Dlamini, the youth development officer (YDO) for the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, has changed more young lives, especially those of entrepreneurs in the greater Dihlabeng.

Dlamini, who has his heart set on youth development, was born and bred in Bohlokong near Bethlehem.

He started his schooling at the Motshepuwa Public School and later matriculated at the Thabo Thokoza Secondary School, both in Bohlokong. He was appointed by the municipality as the YDO in December 2011.

By that time he had already established that the youth of Dihlabeng and the community in general were struggling to deal with the challenges of unemployment, substance abuse, crime and HIV/Aids.

“That’s why we decided to highlight these challenges at every opportunity we get,” says Dlamini, referring to the recent successful march in which matriculants pointed out some of these challenges, which included racism.

He looks back at his eventful track record since taking office, which includes the assistance offered to young entrepreneurs by the National Youth Development Agency.

“The Youth Development Centre is up and running, though we still experience a few challenges regarding resources,” he says.

He further mentions a number of activities that were undertaken, such as the launch of Miss Dihlabeng, the Mayoral School Choir Competition in partnership with the Department of Education, the schools drum majorettes and the establishment of the Dihlabeng Youth Club.

He says Miss Dihlabeng was an initiative by the youth of Bohlokong, who submitted the proposal to the Youth Development Office.

“Our office did not have a budget for this project and we approached the director of Community Services, Soso Sepheka, for assistance,” Dlamini explains.

The 2015-’16 project was more successful after the official launch, which saw sponsors coming on board as well.

“The project has grown so much in a short space of time. Hopefully the municipality and the sponsors will continue with their support,” he says.

He thanked the executive mayor, Tjhetane Mofokeng, as the number-one citizen of Dihlabeng, as well as the sponsors and the task team who made this project what it was today.

Dlamini is currently working on the upcoming Mayoral School Choir Competition and the Entrepreneurship Development Training that will soon take place.

He would like to see more black entrepreneurs controlling the economy of the country.

“We must appreciate time, utilise every moment for the important purposes of life.

“People who kill time are actually committing suicide on the installment plan,” he concludes.

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