BLSA says reflection needed on Youth Day
BUSINESS Leadership South Africa (BLSA) says Youth Month is a significant time to commemorate not only the crucial turning point in the fight against apartheid but also to reflect on how South Africa is developing thriving sectors led by Africans.
BLSA said this was also a time to reflect on whether the country was preparing its next generation of leaders.
BLSA said it has programmes that empower the youth and provide them with opportunities to harness their skills.
BLSA acknowledges the role and position of its member companies as custodians of resources and opportunity.
The organisation’s CEO Bonang Mohale said: “This commits BLSA to investing for job creations and investing communities, supporting small business and empowering black leadership among others. All these goals are targeted partly, although not exclusively, at the youth.”
He said the challenge is to ensure that the conversation carries beyond this month or even June 16.
He said black youths were in dire need of empowerment because as many believe, the business community has not done enough.
“It is probably true that as a society we have not done as well or as much as we can (to empower the youth), but there may be reasons. One of these is our education system and the type and quality of matriculates and later the graduates it produces, these need to be interrogated.
“Young people need to remain focused and motivated and engaged in the period between completing studies and searching for study opportunities or employment.
“So we need programmes to keep young people engaged and plugged into to opportunities.”