The youth of Lwandle and surrounding areas seek to be the change and take charge of their destiny.
Tomorrow (Friday 27 April), in celebration of Freedom Day, the youth of these areas will hold an event at Nomzamo Park, where they hope to educate, motivate, inspire and encourage each other, among others.
Influential individuals who are deemed successful or who are professionals in certain fields, have been invited to come and share their journey and to motivate the young ones.
It is hoped that if this makes a difference to at least “one soul”, then the exercise will have been worthwhile.
These young people hope the event will ensure those who attend leave knowing about the difficulties of teenage pregnancy, being hooked on drugs and doing crime.
“We will have prominent people from our communities, including police and nurses, who we want to share challenges they faced before being successful in life,” said Asalinto Madyungu, one of the event organisers.
“We want the youth to know they can also make it in life, even though they may be facing a lot of challenges.”
The youths told City Vision they no longer wanted to see babies dumped in dustbins, but instead their peers can use other ways if they don’t need their offspring.
Said Nyameka Lumbe: “We want people who will share with the youth what they can do if they don’t need their babies. There are places of safety and homes dedicated to abandoned children where they can take their kids instead of throwing them away. We want to see this generation of our youth taking over and be the solution to our problems.”
The youth should take lead and not cause trouble, and instead bring solutions so their communities can prosper, Lumbe added.
She believes the youth do not want to stand up and are impatient, resulting in high school drop-out rates and youths getting involved in criminal activities.
“Let us not rush into things,” Lumbe said. “We need to use the skills we possess to better ourselves, and stop taking short-cuts in life as they will not take us anywhere. Let us start thinking of the consequences of our actions. We must know a child is very expensive, and when you do crime you go to jail. All these things are stumbling blocks in one’s life.”
The youth have called on their peers to come out in numbers, and also enjoy themselves, as there will be plenty of artists performing on the day.