Youth development moving South Africa forward

With Youth Month having ended last week, the South African government and its nine provinces have during the past four weeks pulled out all stops to truly celebrate both young people of yester-year and today’s youth.

The entire June month had been crowded with a number of events including the June 16 commemorations, workshops, seminars, conferences, sports activities, Parliamentary and Legislative debates and a host of activities in which young people were involved in shaping both theirs and the future of their country.

Several leaders have during engagements with young people encouraged them to fully participate in the affairs of the country geared towards changing their own socio-economic status.

They have also been called on taking part in programmes and other events aimed at changing or correcting the political climate of South Africa – and this was “for the better”.

South African youth were during the month also adviced and allowed to participate in all elections in which they qualify to vote and were given the freedom to choose their own political home from where they would hopefully sculpture their own destinies.

As Hoffman Galeng, ANC Chief Whip in the North West provincial legislature remarked last week, “today’s youth, must use the power of their vote in the upcoming local government elections to claim their stake in the current political realm”.

It is incumbent upon the youth of today to stay away from politics of destruction. “It is incumbent upon them to emulate themselves in defining their cause for a better South Africa by producing a model for contentious politics to be felt for years to come.

In taking South Africa forward and “taking forward their own legitimate struggles of today, be it around education, participation in electoral processes and employment opportunities or the provision of services, young people should be mindful that the hallmarks of the struggle of the class of 1976 were unity and discipline”.
They must never give-in to the pressure of skewed politics and ill-advice of destroying property that was in the first place meant for them, their siblings, colleagues, fellow students and or parents and other relatives.

As he rounded off Youth Month by engaging with young people in Lehurutshe over the weekend, North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo touched the hearts and minds of all youngsters through his encouraging message of hope, trust and believe.

He was able to convince them through the wise words of one of Bokone Bophirima’s legends and liberators, Moses Kotane that, “the future of South Africa is in your hands and it will be (up to you) what your make of it”.

We hope that all young people enjoyed a truly fulfilling Youth Month and from the lessons learnt and experience gained, they will indeed move South Africa forward.