Youth called to honour past and build future

2019-07-03 06:02
photo: andile sithole Youth at the function at the Youth Day dialogue held in Greytown on Thursday, June 27.

photo: andile sithole Youth at the function at the Youth Day dialogue held in Greytown on Thursday, June 27.

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THE advent of democracy and the resilience of the freedom fighters who fought for it mark a remarkable contribution to the history of South Africa. Those were some of the sentiments shared at the Youth Day dialogue held at the Greytown Civic Centre on Thursday, June 27.

Youth coming from various areas in Umvoti, Umzinyathi District, Nquthu and surroundings were taught about the legacy of the South African heroes and heroines who fought for freedom.

Speakers sharing the podium advised the youth to be proactive in developing the areas they live in.

Thembi Khumalo, from the Department of Social Development, shared with the youth the story of June 1976, when young people took to the streets to oppose the apartheid regime.

Khumalo highlighted some of the challenges that the youth is facing today, such as accessing services to government departments.

“The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has a lot to do. They should be visible in the rural areas too.

“Sometimes the youth from rural areas are not able to access the services offered by the NYDA due to its invisibility. The youth should indeed be accessible to the NYDA,” Khumalo said.

She also warned the youth to refrain from any drug-related and gender-based violence activities.

“Drugs and alcohol are being promoted to destroy your lives and become a stumbling block in your progress. Men should stop raping women and bullying pensioners. When you go to prison, you find the youth under the age of 35 years old there,” Khumalo said.

Nkosinathi Danisa, from the youth office in Umvoti, said young people must be in the forefront of the mainstream economy.

Danisa said that, during the sitting of the Youth Parliament, youth representatives from Umvoti suggested that barriers in the cooperate world that become a hindrance to the youth to be employed should be taken into considerations.

He added that work experience that is required even in entry level posts in companies should not be considered as a job requirement.

Speaking at the function, the youth commended the government’s efforts to provide equal services to young people.

Free education and the provision of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme were cited as the main positive contributions that government provided to the youth. Others believed that more should be done to better the lives of the youth in South Africa, such as building libraries in rural areas.

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