Zuma: Youth focus on Commonwealth Day

2013-03-11 15:37

Johannesburg - South Africa will celebrate Commonwealth Day on Monday by focusing on youth development issues, President Jacob Zuma said.

In a statement issued by the international relations department, Zuma said this year's theme for the day was "Opportunity through Enterprise: Unlocking potential with innovation and excellence".

"By celebrating this day on 11 March 2013, South Africa, in collaboration with other Commonwealth members, is joining hands in intensifying the development of our young people and creating new opportunities to unlock their potential."

Youth workers needed to be recognised for their contribution to uplifting the lives of young South Africans.

Investment in the youth was a global necessity because of problems such as high levels of unemployment, crime and HIV and Aids.

South Africa would host the first Commonwealth conference on the education and training of youth workers at the University of SA's (Unisa) Pretoria campus next Monday.

"It is expected that the conference will bring together participants from across the Commonwealth member states for three days to deliberate on 40 years of progress in education and training towards professionalising youth work."

  • lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-11 15:51

    More meaningless gobbldeegook cute soundbites that sound great but mean nothing. Tell us How and When you will go about "intensifying the development of our young people and creating new opportunities to unlock their potential."

      Corrupted Zuma - 2013-03-11 16:13

      Let's celebrate another million tax money here. And another million there, hey thief!!

      Imfene Imfene - 2013-03-11 19:55

      Too Funny!! Opportunity, Enterprise, potential, innovation, excellence - all words the Showerhead moron and ANC idiots don't know the meaning of... just more pre-election drivel to pander to the idiot masses to get them to believe there is more free stuff coming....

  • Michelle van Zyl - 2013-03-11 16:04

    Is Zuma really celebrating this day? No, he is just uttering a speech that was cleverly written by one of his mignons to make him look spectacular.Half of our Youth cannot find jobs, and not even talking about jobs they qualify for.. I speak from personal experience, I battled to find a steady job before I moved to Johannesburg 5 years ago, I battled for nearly 2 years. Went for interview after interview where they told me a matric is overqualified?? Pathetic!! All I can hear is a lot of smack coming from his mouth once more.. We've lost hope in him, I have since the beginning.. Cannot wait for the next elections, everyone is sick of the ANC- Black, White, Indian, Chinese.

  • Mira Sturmair - 2013-03-11 16:05

    famous words - nothing has been done for youth since anc rule, now that they are desperate for votes, its time to sugar coat the ears of nation...i still maintain youth should go for 2yr compulsory military/saps/marine/medical training, at sametime they earn a salary/study/descipline and taught how to become a success...

  • Clement Mokone - 2013-03-11 16:06

    How many announcements without reults were made? Its all corruption.

  • Philip - 2013-03-11 16:18

    Hope the youth learn nothing from Zuma's example of "enterprise".

  • Willie - 2013-03-11 16:47

    the president is always in quagmire,eish!!!!!!!!

  • john.cryink - 2013-03-11 17:32

    how much does this commonwealth cost the SA tax man?

  • Ellakita - 2013-03-11 18:02

    Please you young people.Don't believe a word he says or promise.We all know how Zuma can lie and promise things.He is in the ANC liar club and on top of it all he is the head liar.Mac the devil is 2nd in command in the club

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-12 11:28

    More money wasted, another circus to fund and in the end the results are pathetic as usual.

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