New councillor meets with youth

2016-11-03 06:00

YOUTH from around Margate met for a first-of-its-kind gathering in their community with the recently elected Ray Nkonyeni Municipality councillor, Lwazi Gcanca­ on Friday. Held at Margate Museum, the aim of the gathering was for the councillor and the youth to discuss issues pertaining to them and their community.

The main topics included the lack of platforms and opportunities for sports, arts and recreation for the Margate youth, economic development, crime and community policing, government communication and access to information.

According to the youth in attendance, there is currently no aid from government for youth expression, be it through the arts, sports or economic development. Some said they felt there was no organised platform where the youth could go to get assistance.

“I have been an artist in Margate for years, but I’ve found that there’s no progress because there is nowhere to go where I can find assistance. As a result of that I have decided to move to Pretoria,” said local musician Siyamcela “Blizzard” Mnqobe.

Gcanca agreed that the concerns voiced affect the youth, however, he emphasised that the onus was on the youth themselves to stand up and fight for change to come about.

“Nothing is going to come to you unless you fight for it,” said Gcanca. He encouraged them to get organised and pledged to assist wherever he could in terms of offering guidance as well as mediating between them and relevant stakeholders.

Organiser and chairperson at the meeting Kevin Dladla said he was pleased with the outcome. “I think it went well, the youth were able to express their concerns and resolved to find ways to address their concerns with the councillor,” said Dladla.

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