Youth must be prepared for the future: Makhubela

2015-08-21 08:00
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Pretoria - The ANC Youth League will be different this time around but will not divert from calling for economic transformation, Tshwane regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela said on Thursday.

Speaking to News24, Makhubela said the youth needed to be prepared for the future.

"We need to create a situation in South Africa where it is not the colour of your skin but the content of your character that assists you to get ahead.

"We need to create a colour-blind country that speaks ... to potential and ambition and is able to not only prepare the youth for the challenges ahead but be able to prepare the youth for the future," he said.

There was no government or organisation which could prepare the future for the youth.

The ANCYL needed to make sure that people understood this, said Makhubela.

Young innovative minds

"It has been proven and it shows we have not been able to cater for innovative minds in South Africa.

"We need to ask ourselves deep questions, we need to ask what happened to Elon Musk, a person who was born in Pretoria but he was so innovative... then left to the United States and working for Tesla and assisting that country and growing that economy.

"Why couldn't we retain him in our country, why couldn't we assist him... why could we not retain Mark Shuttleworth. Why didn't we create the situation where these young innovative minds had an atmosphere where they could maximise their potential... We need to start speaking about that."

The private sector needed to be pushed to contribute to this. It could not all fall on government, he added.

Next month the ANCYL will elect new national leaders two years after its structures were disbanded by the ANC.

Makhubela is expected to stand for ANCYL president if nominated by the branches.

ANCYL members will be nominating their preferred candidate for the position and pronouncements were expected to be made next week.

Speaking on what the new youth league should be focusing on, Makhubela cited things such as free education and advancing the green economy as well as technology.

"These are things that the youth league must begin to advocate for," he said.

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