ANCYL fo­cuses on job cre­ation, land

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - News - MICHAEL TLHAKUDI michaelt@afrovoice.co.za

THE ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the province will end youth month cel­e­bra­tions with an ef­fort to ac­cel­er­ate the is­sue of land and jobs.

The ANCYL will be wrap­ping up their cel­e­bra­tions in style at Man­gaung Out­door Cen­tre tomorrow with lots of ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment from lo­cal artists.

But the main is­sues that are ex­pected to cap­ture the minds of young peo­ple are jobs and land.

With Free State be­ing one of the prov­inces with a high rate of un­em­ploy­ment, the ANCYL saw it be­fit­ting to ad­dress the is­sue with the youth in the province.

League spokesper­son Sello Pi­etersen pre­vi­ously said that they viewed un­em­ploy­ment as one of the key driv­ers of crime and es­ca­lat­ing al­co­hol and drug abuse.

“The cur­rent gen­er­a­tion must em­u­late past gen­er­a­tions in a re­lent­less bat­tle against poverty and in­equal­ity as well as un­em­ploy­ment,” Pi­etersen said.

Ac­cord­ing to Sta­tis­tics South Africa about 10.3 mil­lion youth be­tween the ages of 16 and 24 were not em­ployed in the coun­try.

Pi­etersen said the gov­ern­ment can­not fight un­em­ploy­ment alone and called on the pri­vate sec­tor to come to the party in fight­ing poverty and un­em­ploy­ment.

PIC­TURE: THAPELO MOREBUDI

FO­CUS: The ANCYL has pri­ori­tised land and jobs as it wraps up Youth Month.

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