Today June 16th 2023, we pay homage and salute the constructive voice and courageous youth, the immense power and unity of young people which contributed significantly to end apartheid misrule.
This is the day the country reflects on the massacre of innocent school children in 1976 just for their peaceful demonstration against Bantu Education which was designed to make an African Child a permanent slave in his/her country of birth.
Post 1994, it is the constructive voice and sustained revolutionary prowess of young people which continues to remind us that, Youth is central in the reconstruction and development of a society.
Accordingly, as we commemorate the youth month, we must reflect and join hands to tackle with speed and precision the new set of challenges facing the youth of today. Key amongst these challenges:
- Lack of access to quality and free education because education and skills development remains at the centre of our collective efforts to build a generation of youth with strong patriotic value to lead and take our Municipality and the country to greater heights
- High rate of youth unemployment which include unemployed graduates characterized by lack of access to information on internship, learnership or start a business to become creators of their jobs, learning new skills to accelerate mainstreaming of youth development initiatives and meaningful social and economic participation.
Once again, we call on private sector to strengthen their practical contribution towards youth development through Public-Private Partnership particularly on skills development, enterprise development, incubation and ring-fencing their procurement spent for the Local Youth, Women and People With Disabilities.
THE CONSTRUCTIVE VOICE AND ACTION OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE RISE!
HAPPY YOUTH DAY AND MONTH