Life celebrated on Youth Day

2016-07-20 06:00
THE youth and the elderly participate in an aerobics warm-up session before the sporting games started. Photo: Boipelo Mere

THE youth and the elderly participate in an aerobics warm-up session before the sporting games started. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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YOUTH DAY was celebrated on 16 June at the Postmasburg Showgrounds with LoveLife and the Kolomela Mine.

The aim was to strengthen young people’s sense of identity and self-esteem, and to help them develop a sense of belonging and personal initiative to deal with challenges.

Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, partnered with LoveLife to give guidance, counselling and information to the youth on how to deal with the social ills their community is facing.

The youth were also encouraged to give back to their communities by creating opportunities for others.

Hendre Jacobs of LoveLife Postmasburg, gave a motivational speech, encouraging the youth to combat the social ills and concentrate on their education.

“Enjoy your youth,” he said. “You will never be younger than you are at this very moment,” he said.

The fun started with an aerobic warm-up where everyone, young and old, joined in. Keynote speakers, entertainment and various sports activities formed part of the day.

LoveLife is a youth-focused non-governmental organisation (NGO) that engages with South African youth through outreach and support programmes which are implemented by a corps of peer educators.

Nikki Wetzlar of Anglo American said the mine always worked with communities in which it operated for a better tomorrow.

According to her, the Kolomela Mine had over the past three years embarked on various initiatives to benefit the youth.

“We remain focused and determined to transform the lives of young people to make a difference in their lives and to give them the tools to take our country forward.”

“By partnering with LoveLife we know we can make a difference,” said George Benjamin, manager of public affairs at the Kolomela Mine.

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