A committed youth unit leadership

2015-06-17 06:00
Photo: Makhosandile Zulu
Chairperson of the Youthj Sub-committe Cllr Lindelani Zondi with iLembe districtand#039;s Youth Co-ordinator Nhlanhla Simelane are committed to ensuring that the development of the districtand#039;s young becomes a reality.

Photo: Makhosandile Zulu Chairperson of the Youthj Sub-committe Cllr Lindelani Zondi with iLembe districtand#039;s Youth Co-ordinator Nhlanhla Simelane are committed to ensuring that the development of the districtand#039;s young becomes a reality.

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COUNCILLOR Lindelani Mbulelo Zondi has been chairperson of the iLembe Youth subcommittee for four years and he says that his role includes the “implementation and monitoring of decisions taken by the subcommittee.”

The subcommittee has a full schedule of programmes that seek to address issues such the alarming prevalence of HIV and Aids, teen pregnancy and school dropouts, the staggeringly high figures of unemployment and the development of the district’s youth.

These include an awards show for local artists to be held on 19 June at the KwaDukuza Hall, the launch of the Mandeni youth full driver’s licence education programme on 23 June and the KwaDukuza inter-wards games semi-finals, on 28 June which are a preparation for the Salga Games.

Zondi says R4.5 million has been set aside for the Salga Games which will be hosted by the district this year. He says R500 000 was allocated for the youth subcommittee however, he adds to silence any questions as to why the figure seems modest, every department within the district puts aside money for the development of youth.

“Youth development is catered for in all the departments that is why you might think that R500 000 is not much,” he says. “For example, let us look at technical services, if you want to develop the youth in that department and you want to train them in the water and sanitation field then that means a percentage of that department’s budget is being used to develop our youth,” he says.

The subcommittee’s programmes are diverse - touching on arts for example the district in partnership with KZN Music House assisted 20 local artists with recording their demo tapes, entrepreneurship, sports, education, social awareness, career development and many more, the subcommittee has its hands full and seems passionate about delivering on their mandate.

“Young people need to remember that we are the future of this country so that means we have to respect ourselves and our bodies by not taking drugs and alcohol and focusing on our school work and studies,” he said.

“The late leader, Oliver Tambo once said, quoting from the former president of the ruling party, ‘A country that does not look after its youth does not have a future’.”

For a complete schedule of programmes contact the iLembe district Corporate Governance Youth Unit Department.

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