Executive Mayor Youth Day message

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Cllr Gift Van Staden

Thirty-eight years ago, on 16 June 1976, South Africa faced yet another sad killing of young people. Across the country a number of townships were affected after the Soweto Uprising where young people stood up against the Apartheid Bantu Education system, they sacrificed their lives and stood for what they believed in.

This month South Africans commemorate youth month in honour of the students who sacrificed their lives on 16 June 1976. South Africa needs the youth to play an active role in contributing towards the future development of the country. We need our young people to be vigilant in fighting for their rights and utilising all the opportunities offered to them by government.

Young people must join government to work towards their economic emancipation. We urge the youth to take advantage of the opportunities available to become part of the economically active in the country. As government, we are assisting young people to rise above their socio-economic challenges with youth development programmes.

The theme for of government for the next five years is “Together we move South Africa forward” this is taken from the electoral mandate of the new administration.

We must all take hands and work together to take South Africa to higher hands and we depend on young people as the back bone of the country to deliver on that mission.

The National Development Plan outlines the country’s vision and plans for the next 20 years. It is a plan to address the challenges facing South Africa. Working towards vision 2030, the NDP aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality in South Africa and the NDP highlights that South Africa’s youth bear the brunt of these challenges.

As the Executive Mayor of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality, I urge all young people to take advance of the opportunities presented by the post-Apartheid government.

I encourage you to promote peace in the society and continue showing appreciation towards the democracy that we are celebrating. This year we are celebrating 20years of democracy and in this time government has done much to improve the quality of life of our people and we acknowledge that more needs to be done.

Let us celebrate and commemorate the meaning of youth month and let us move South Africa Forward.

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