Youth development: ‘play your part’


13 June 2013

The Cabinet has called on all South Africans to play their part in making the lives of young people better.

Speaking to the media after the Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting in Cape Town on Thursday, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said all organisations should contribute to promoting youth development and rooting out drug dealers from communities.

Chabane was speaking ahead of the country’s national Youth Day commemoration, which will take place in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday, 16 June.

“Cabinet reiterated that while the youth of 1976 fought for freedom and the creation of a democratic state, today’s youth activism is directed towards successfully tackling the challenge of combating poverty, unemployment, HIV and Aids, personal development and drug abuse,” Chabane said.

The June 16 commemoration marks the uprisings in 1976, when the apartheid regime’s decision that pupils be taught in Afrikaans in certain subjects sparked riots led mainly by high school students.

This year’s commemoration comes at a time where there is high unemployment coupled with a disturbing culture of drug abuse among many young people.

The commemoration event will be complemented by other events and programmes around the country, with the National Youth Development Agency running anti-drug awareness campaigns and roadshows around the recently signed Youth Unemployment Accord.