In a bid to unite and to entertain the youth, ward 44 held its debut Heideveld Youth Family day on Heritage Day, Tuesday 24 September, at Heideveld Sports Field. Youth from Heideveld and surrounding areas gathered to listen to the word of God in song. They were joined by youth leaders from different congregations, including Father’s House, Christ Embassy and House of Glory International Ministries. The congregational leaders were there to win over the youth for God and to encourage them to participate in various campaigns planned for the near future. Although no specific information was given on the campaigns, leaders said they would focus on keeping the youth off the streets and teaching them new skills.Joyce Bogacwi, a youth representative for ward 44 and a member of Father’s House, said they collaborated with Anthony Moses, the councillor for ward 44, and youth from other areas to form a collective group to work with the youth.“We want to equip and empower them in a fun environment, hence the music,” she explained.Bogacwi, who took down the names of those in attendance, said the youth would be offered support on various issues. The group aims to build and retain relationships with the youth and undertakes to conduct regular check-ups on those who chose to form part of the programme.According to Nomthetho Hiliza, who is from Gugulethu and a member of Christ Embassy, the event was held on Heritage Day because it represents such a powerful message. “The day reminds the youth that they should know their identity. That is why we chose it. The event is also another way to keep children off the streets,” she added.Hiliza said reinstalling the youth with a sense of remaining true to themselves is part of what the group hopes to achieve.Moses, interacting with the youth, was also present on the day. His office assisted in the event by providing the necessities. He said ward 44 had quite a few youth projects lined up. He said all would be revealed soon. “One of the developments planned is a camp, organised by my office for the youth, to discuss a youth strategy for the ward,” he said.