Youth summit in Emalahleni

Emalahleni mayor Nomveliso Nyukwana

THE Emalahleni Local Municipality held a youth summit at Mount Arthur Girls’ High recently to allow young people to discuss matters that affect them and to formulate a youth development strategy in accordance with the provincial youth development strategy.
The strategy was initiated and approved by the office of the premier. Emalahleni mayor Nomveliso Nyukwana said it was important to strategise and conceptualise the document that advocates youth development agenda. She said the strategy would form part of the IDP for 2017 to 2021 so that the needs of the youth can be addressed in the next financial year.
“The strategy sets out the developmental challenges faced by young people of the Emalahleni. The summit focused on five pillars that underpin the developmental challenges faced by the youth and guide the strategic planning process.”
Emalahleni Youth Council chairman Lungisa Seplani said the summit allowed the youth to voice its concerns. The event was meant to give young people an opportunity to engage on challenges they face at ward level.
Municipal manager Dr Sitembele Vatala presented the provincial youth development strategy and encouraged young people to start thinking big and become the manufactures of Emalahleni. He promoted business culture and sustainability of the existing small business enterprises. Vatala also encouraged the youth to consider the private sector for job opportunities.
On the first day commissions were set out, based on five pillars to work towards creating conducive environment for the development of youth programmes. The pillars included creating enabling environment for young people, town and rural hubs, enterprise and entrepreneurship, education and skills development and placing of youth on vocational programmes as offered by technical, vocational, education and training institutions.
The secretary of the youth council in the Chris Hani district, Aphiwe Mkhangelwa, said youth programmes must be detached from special programmes unit directorates and into youth development unit designated to deal with youth programmes. “We are not a special programme, we deserve to be treated with respect and consideration as we are the leaders of tomorrow.”
Nyukwana committed that the resolutions taken by the youth council would be submitted to the municipal council and would be tabled in all the relevant structures that include intergovernmental relations meetings.
She said Emalahleni was looking forward to form youth structures in all wards and to ensure that these worked with councillors. “Matters concerning youth involvement in business will be tabled at the next business indaba.”

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