Focus on youth unemployment
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