Youth: ‘We want our centre back’

2019-11-27 06:02
KwaDambuza Youth Development Centre.PHOTO: supplied

KwaDambuza Youth Development Centre.PHOTO: supplied

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THE youth of Dambuza and Greater Edendale threatened to march to the offices of the Department of Social Development in the CBD after their youth development centre was turned into offices for the department.

According to Echo sources, the department moved its employees at the district offices in the CBD to the Kwa­Dambuza Youth Development Centre.

Ndumiso Zuma, who is a youth activist under the uMgungundlovu District, said they are very angry.

He said what makes the situation worse is that the department never informed anyone about these changes and the youth was never given an alternative venue to continue with their projects.

“The youth now cannot access information and they are unable to continue with the programmes they used to do at this centre. The computer lab has been turned into offices and other rooms have been turned into storerooms full of items that are donated to people who need help.

“This is so unfair to the youth of Dambuza and Greater Edendale. You cannot just turn such facilities, that are such a great help to the community, into the department’s offices,” he said.

Ward Councillor Bhekithemba Mtuza Mkhize said he is unhappy as he was also not informed about these changes.

He said youth structures within the community called him to a meeting to ask him what is happening at the centre.

“The community is angry and they want to march to the Social Development offices.

“This is an urgent matter that needs to be solved very soon, before things get out of hand.

“They (the youth) were not even given an alternative venue where they could complete their projects.

“I am trying to engage with the department to try and solve this problem. This is all due to poor management in that department and it needs to be sorted out very soon.

“We cannot allow them to disrupt youth programmes without even consulting with us,” he said.

Department of Social Development spokesperson Mhlaba Memela confirmed that the uMgungundlovu District of the department has temporarily moved to the youth centre.

“This is due to the previous district office (the Karl Eggars Building) being condemned by the Department of Labour.

The department was given a prohibition notice.”

Memela denied that the community was never informed of the changes.

He added that the department will continue to render youth development programmes through the offices in Vulindlela and Pietermaritzburg service offices.

“This is an interim measure arrangement, which will be reviewed once suitable accommodation is finalised,” said the spokesperson.

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