Fo­cus on youth un­em­ploy­ment

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Thando Ndlovu

KWADUKUZA Mayor Ri­cardo Mthembu has ex­pressed his concern over the grow­ing num­ber of un­em­ployed youth, cit­ing this as the big­gest chal­lenge ever for the gov­ern­ment of the day.

He was speak­ing at a three-day KwaDukuza Youth De­vel­op­ment Sum­mit held re­cently at the Hamp­shire Ho­tel in Bal­lito.

He said young peo­ple re­mained at the coal­face of un­em­ploy­ment and were fur­ther vic­timised by a lack of skills owing to the op­pres­sive poli­cies of the past.

‘We need to use this sum­mit to en­gage on rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion poli­cies. I hope this sum­mit will em­anate to the de­vel­op­ment of the lo­cal youth strat­egy that will be im­ple­mented within a period of five years,’ he said.

The sum­mit was held un­der the theme, ‘Po­si­tion­ing of KwaDukuza youth as ben­e­fi­cia­ries and driv­ers of the rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion agenda’.

Mthembu also paid trib­ute to for­mer Coun­cil­lor Preva Khumalo, who played a piv­otal role in the es­tab­lish­ment of the Youth Af­fairs Com­mit­tee in the KwaDukuza Coun­cil.

‘He is the found­ing fa­ther of the KwaDukuza Youth Af­fairs Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee.

‘His suc­cess is mea­sured by the suc­cess of the Youth and Gen­der Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee, which laid the foun­da­tion for this sum­mit.

‘We there­fore use this oc­ca­sion to re­flect on the work of Khumalo and learn from his legacy, like how we have learned from for­mer Pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela.

‘His con­tri­bu­tions were part of a big­ger project and his name is recorded in the his­tory books of coun­cil.

‘This sum­mit is there­fore a fit­ting trib­ute to his legacy for the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to youth de­vel­op­ment,’ he said.

Khumalo, who served as a ward coun­cil­lor, was brutally murdered near his home in Au­gust 2006.

KwaDukuza youth in at­ten­dance

KwaDukuza Mayor Ri­cardo Mthembu ad­dresses the youth sum­mit

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